A Wampum Denied: Procter's War of 1812 by Sandy Antal

By Sandy Antal

This formative background takes a brand new examine a dramatic conflict-the struggle at the Detroit frontier in 1812-13. strong key avid gamers (Procter, Tecumseh and Brock), their disparate warfare goals, and the "all or not anything" personality of the campaigns they waged nonetheless appear bigger than existence. but Sandy Antal's cautious reconstruction of local and nationwide aspiration, vested colonial curiosity, and territorial aggression, unearths causes and expedients that have been as usually mundane as heroic. A Wampum Denied reassesses the much-maligned profession of Henry Procter, commander of the British forces, lines the Canadian/British/Native part of the clash (amid a literature ruled by means of the yank view), and casts new mild on an allied army method that just about succeeded, but if it failed, failed spectacularly.

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Kentuckians were prominent in all subsequent campaigns against the Natives. By 1812, they widely believed that British influence at Amherstburg was the root cause of continued Native unrest on the frontier. Their bellicosity was also driven by the depressed economy of their state caused by a plummeting demand for cotton and tobacco. 7 Kentuckians were not entirely without justification in their conviction that British instigation lay behind Native hostilities. This belief was based on a long tradition of very real British-Native collaboration dating back to the Revolutionary War.

Had little interest in fighting for grand philosophical abstractions and were indifferent soldiers, at best. Prior to Hull's arrival, "a considerable mutiny" occurred among their number and some of the Canadien members openly advocated resistance to military service and even urged their comrades to desert to Amherstburg. 15 Hull's greatest apprehensions related to the loyalties of the Natives of the area. On 7 July, he held a neutrality council with the principal chiefs of the Wyandot, Ojibwa, Shawnee, Seneca, Potawatomi, and Mohawk nations, who assured him of their friendship and neutrality.

The American commander was particularly happy that he secured the goodwill of the influential Wyandot. "16 Prior to Hull's arrival at Detroit, Michigan militiamen fired several artillery rounds at Sandwich on 5 July 1812, from the sand dunes at Spring Wells, in retaliation for the capture of Cuyahoga Packet. Hull halted the cannonading as the needless destruction of private property. The following day, he sent one of his Ohio militia commanders, Col. Lewis Cass, with a letter for St. George in which he apologized for the artillery discharges.

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