Haughty Conquerors: Amherst and the Great Indian Uprising of 1763

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Finally, Pontiac promised that he and his men would soon take Fort Detroit. It was only a matter of striking at the right time.111

Incredibly, no word of that vast gathering reached British ears at Fort Detroit despite all the drumming, singing, and comings and goings. The first blood would flow less than two weeks after that council fire was extinquished.


NOTES
1
Enumeration of Indians within Northern Department, November 18, 1763, in E. B. O'Callaghan and Berthold Fernow, eds., Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York (hereafter cited as NYCD), 15 vols. ( Albany, N.Y.: Weed, Parsons, and Co., 1856- 1887), 7:582-84. For an undocumented argument that the Seneca were angry at the British for not allowing them to sack Fort Niagara in 1759 or Fort Levis in 1760, and refused them presents, see Howard H. Peckham, Pontiac and the Indian Uprising ( 1947) (reprint, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961), 73-75.
2
George Croghan provides the best account of the Seneca conspiracy. See Nicolas B. Wainwright, ed., Journal of "George Croghan, 1759-1763", Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 71 ( 1947), 411.
3
The best account of Neolin's vision was recounted by Pontiac and recorded in Milo Milton Quaife, ed., The Siege of Detroit in 1763: The Journal of Pontiac's Conspiracy and John Rutherford's Narrative of a Captivity ( Chicago: Lakeside Press, 1958), 8-18. See also Anthony F. C. Wallace, The Death and Rebirth of the Seneca ( New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970), 117-21.
4
Wallace, Death and Rebirth, 121.
5
Indian Intelligence, December 1760, in James Sullivan and A. C. Flick, eds., The Papers of William Johnson (hereafter cited as Johnson Papers), 14 vols. ( Albany: State University of New York, 1921- 1965), 3:336-37.
6
Henry Bouquet to Robert Monckton, July 24, 1761, in Sylvester K. Stevens, Donald H. Kent, Autumn L. Leonard, Louis M. Waddell, and John Totteham, eds., The Papers of Henry Bouquet (hereafter cited as Bouquet Papers), 6 vols. ( Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1972- 1994), 5:654-55.
7
Croghan Fort Pitt Conference, March 1-3, 1761, Bouquet Papers, 5:324- 26.
8
Gavin Cochrane to Henry Bouquet, June 1, 1761, Bouquet Papers, 5:518- 21; Guy Townsend to Henry Bouquet, June 1, 1761, ibid., 5:521-22.
9
Ward Speech to Six Nations, June 28, 1761, Bouquet Papers, 5:558-59.
10
Bouquet Speech to Indians, June 29, 1761, Bouquet Papers, 5:592, 590-92; Court of Inquiry, June 29, 1761, ibid., 5:594-96; Henry Bouquet to Robert Monckton, May 4, 1761, ibid., 5:459.
11
Jeffrey Amherst to William Johnson, May 30, 1761, Johnson Papers, 10:274- 75.
12
Goods for Indian Presents, June 7, 1761, Johnson Papers, 10:278-79; Jeffrey Amherst to William Johnson, June 11, 1761, ibid., 10:284-86; William Johnson to Jeffrey Amherst, June 12, 1761, ibid., 10:286-87; Jeffrey Amherst to William John

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • Notes xiii
  • 1 - Conquest "Where Are We Now? The French Are All Subdued" 1
  • Notes 31
  • 2 - Conspiracies "Destroy Their Forts and Make Them Rue the Day" 35
  • Notes 66
  • 3 - Attacks "And Drive These Britons Hence Like Frightened Deer" 73
  • Notes 103
  • 4 - Counterattacks "Big with Their Victories" 107
  • Notes 145
  • 5 - Stalemate "Leave These Distant Lakes and Streams to Us" 149
  • Notes 179
  • 6 - Subjection "To Be a Vassal to His Low Commanders" 185
  • Notes 223
  • 7 - Settlements "Nay Think Us Conquered, and Our Country Theirs" 231
  • Notes 269
  • 8 - Consequencesl "Whom See We Now, Their Haughty Conquerors" 279
  • Notes 283
  • Index 285
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