Important Extract


Of a letter from Myron Holly, Esq. of Canandaigua, to a respectable Gentleman, of Albany, dated February 7, 1813.
“You have probably heard bad news from Harrison’s army. Various reports, some favorable and some unfavorable to him, have been in circulation here for several days, but last night by the Western Mail, Mr. Howell received a letter from Augustus Porter, dated at Buffalo, the 3d inst. which confirms the worst account we had heart. Mr. Porter states his opinion, after weighing the intelligence which had reached Buffalo, from different quarters and on different authorities, to be, that Gen. Winchester, with a division of Harrison’s army, had gone in advance of the main body, as far as the river Raisin, whence he drove before him a body of British and Indians. But these latter being reinforced, at Brownstown, a distance of 18 miles from the river Raisin, by more troops and Indians from Maiden, returned upon Winchester, and attacked him furiously at the river Raisin, where, after an obstinate conflict, in which many fell on both sides, Winchester with the remains of his division, surrendered to the enemy. The numbers engaged on either side are not known; but the British, on the Niagara frontier, appear to have put off to Malden, by forced marches, their whole effective farce (save perhaps 200 men) for the purpose of having there a sufficient force to resist General Harrison, who, as he was at the Rapids of the Miami, must soon have heard of Winchesters’ disaster, and who it was expected would endeavour to relieve it, by advancing upon the enemy with the main boody of his army. Porter expects soon to hear of a bloody battle, of which he considers the issue to be very doubtful. Our troops on the Niagara frontier, are so few in number and so circumstanced, that probable no efforts will be made to create a diversion in favor of General Harrison. The public property, going to the frontier, is stopped at the Eleven Mile Creek; and the military stores at Black Rock are ordered back to the same place, where the troops remain for its protection, the inhabitants being left, as he says, to shift for themselves in case the British mediate an attack upon them, between the Eleven Mile Creek and the river.


Published in the Boston Weekly Messenger-February 19, 1813.

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