The Battle of Bloody Run
Mehney, Paul D., Michigan History Magazine
On the cool, foggy morning of July 28, 1763, Captain James Dalyell and 250 British soldiers cautiously rowed their boats up to the docks of Fort Detroit. The Indian siege of Detroit's British garrison had been going on for three months. In Quebec, General Jeffery Amherst, doubting the Indians' resolve and with no real grasp of the situation, ordered his favorite aide, Dalyell, to reinforce Major Henry Gladwin's command at Detroit. Amherst hoped that his brash young aide could break the Indian siege--something, Amherst believed, Gladwin was incapable of doing.
As Dalyell's men marched into Fort Detroit they were received with hearty cheers from the redcoats and local residents. The captain rested his men for two days, but wasted no time pressuring Gladwin into authorizing an attack on Pontiac's camps, located about two miles to the east of the fort. An experienced Indian fighter, Gladwin argued that an all-out assault on the camps could not possibly succeed. The British major knew that the Indians would use the high ground surrounding the fort to their advantage, and noted that all Dalyell's movements could be observed by the enemy. Furthermore, Pontiac s warriors outnumbered the captain's men almost four to one. The persistent Dalyell, possibly sharing with Gladwin Amherst's displeasure with his lack of progress, finally received the go-ahead from the Detroit commander.
Even before his men began their march, things went bad for Dalyell. Pontiac had been tipped off that the British were planning an attack so he moved his camp and set up an ambush. He positioned his warriors along the sloping ridge of Parent's Creek, a small run located about a mile and a half from the fort.
At 2:30 A.M. on July 31 Dalyell's men quietly moved out. Just before reaching the creek Dalyell reformed his column, putting twenty-five men in front to protect against an ambush. …