Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Critical Moment at the Bombardment of Fort Meigs

On the 3d, at 10 o'clock A.M, our apprehensions respecting the enemy's crossing the river were completely realized, for it was now discovered by the fire of three or four pieces that he was already on our left, with his cannon stuck in the edge of a small ravine.
From a few of the first shots some damage was sustained but the best position had not yet been taken, and by setting two or three 18-pounders in the "bush" (this was called the Indian Battery) we were soon able to silence them for a time... In the course of the third day we had two or three dragoons killed, several slightly touched, and a number of horses killed. In fact, it seemed to be particularly an unfortunate day for the cavalry.

--Eleazar Darby Wood, Captain, U.S. Corps of Engineers