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Journal of an American Prisoner at Fort Malden and Quebec in the War of 1812

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Author: James Reynolds
Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,984 / 31 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82.5
LoC Categories: D, CT
Downloads: 636
Added to site: 2008.09.05 21977
Genres: History, Biography, War

The book containing this journal is an ordinary pocket memorandum or account book measuring 6 x 4¼ inches and covered with split calf. The journal opens the day of the author's capture, and closes on the day he receives orders at Quebec to prepare to leave for Boston. The author's name is nowhere to be found in the book, and several pages at the beginning have been cut out, evidently by the original owner.

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Monday. No rain. A little cloudy. The British moved their army--moved from B (Browns) Town and it appeared that the Indians had all come to this town and left Browns Town.

13th.--Thursday[26]. Pleasant. The people had all left the town. Not much moving until evening. The Indians began their war dance and commenced firing about daily daun and a bot (boat) entered the river about fifty in number and the D. dis't. C. A. ball that evening herd both by the Indians and white people.

14th.--Friday[27]. Pleasant. After (noon) made the detail for the 13th. Their was five boats came up loaded with soldiers, and five more this morning loaded with from 12 to 20 men in each making in the whole about 170 men. Another boat arrived about eleven o'clock--20 men in it, and the new soldiers all appeared to leave the town about sunset.

15th.--Saterday. Foggy. The drums beat to arms about sunrise and the troops were all in motion or at least all that were left. The citizens all entered boats for Detroit, as I



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