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342 Ohio Arch

342        Ohio Arch. and Hist. Society Publications.


Detroit. This latter officer was cowardly in character and incompetent

in fitness. The scenes are transferred to the Maumee. Harrison builds

Fort Meigs and the two sieges follow, in both of which Tecumseh and

Procter are the leading commanders. The siege of Fort Stephenson,

August 1, was the highwater mark of Tecumseh's daring and general-

ship. No incident in American history surpasses it for thrilling action

and surprising results.  George Croghan, the boy with 160 Kentucky

backwoodsmen, repulses Procter and his army of trained troops and

Tecumseh with 1,000 braves. Gurd does not due full justice to this

event, so honorable to American arms and bravery.

From now on the story is one of British failure. Procter begins

his retreat across the Detroit and up the Thames. Tecumseh has lost

his faith in the ability and even honor of Procter and foresees the

triumph of the Long Knives, but refuses to retreat further and com-

pels Procter to take a stand "where McGregor's creek empties into the

Thames." But on a pretext, Procter continued his retreat, followed by

Tecumseh.   Harrison and the Americans finally overtook the allies

at the Indian village of Moraviantown, on the banks of the Thames.

Here the curtain fell on the dramatic life of Tecumseh, who at this

time was a brigadier in the British army. Followed by some of the

lesser chiefs, at the head of a thousand braves, the Shawnee dressed

in his usual costume of deer skin, passed down the lines to note the

disposition of the troops. "Round his head was wound a white silk

handkerchief, from which floated a white ostrich plume." He fell early

in the encounter. Mr. Gurd does not enter into the controversy as to

who killed Tecumseh. "His mighty war cry resounded high above the

noise of battle. Suddenly he was seen to stagger and fall. Swiftly

the words, 'Tecumseh is dead,' passed down the line.    Overwhelmed

by this crowning calamity, the Indians turned and fled. The faithful

body guard of the great chief carried the body of their dead leader

deep into the recesses of the enshrouding woods. Down the dim forest

aislesthey bore him and so he passes from the scene."

Mr. Gurd has produced a faithful portrait of the great chieftain

and pays splendid and worthy tribute to the nobility of his nature and

to his patriotic service in behalf of his race.




Colonel Orlando J. Hodge, one of the prominent figures in Ohio

history during the present generation, passed away at Cleveland, Ohio,

on the evening of April 16, 1912. On the evening of the day in ques-

tion he had been invited to address the members of the Cleveland

Chamber of Commerce, who on that evening held their annual meet-

ing. He delivered a very interesting and impressive speech, at the

close of which he said: "When you men of the Cleveland Chamber