Monday, June 2, 2014

Damage Report at Fort Meigs

Another letter describing the aftermath of the Siege of Fort Meigs, 24 May 1813: the British claimed that the lack of damage to the stockades and other wooden structures was due to their being built out of green wood which the hot shot wouldn't burn. This one was written to Governor Return Jonathan Meigs Jr.
Vermillion May 24th 1813
There being no mail from Fort Meigs to Delaware since the siege was raised, I omitted writing from thence - I was at the Fort three days the damage done to the fort by the enemies shot and shell was scarcely preceptable - fatigue parties were daily employed in cutting up stumps filling of holes trenching the [illeg.] &c; cleaning the camp. General Clay was very sick the the Pleurisy -- the Command devolved of Colonel Miller who appears to be a very active officer. No enemy to be heard of in that quarter Numbers of the wounded had died & it was thought that several more would die - Officers & men appeared in good Spirits & ready for another attack if the British & Indians wish to return.
I hope another stroke at Malden will finish British influence over the Indian tribes in the Northwest.
Accept Dear Sir the affectionate regards Of your old friend &c; humble Servant,
Joseph Badgry