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Title Instructions to Capt. Howard of his Majesty’s Seventeenth Regiment of Foot [manuscript]: orders, 1764 Aug. 31
Author Bradstreet, John (1711-1774)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Col. John Bradstreet’s Aug. 31, 1764, draft instructions regarding the reoccupation of Fort Michilimackinac to Capt. William Howard of the 17th Regiment of Foot. Bradstreet orders a combined force of regulars, militia, and artillery to approach Michilimackinac undetected, to ready the fort for defense, and to return to Detroit with the fort’s inhabitants. Bradstreet also instructs Howard to "use the Savages with civility" and to allow trade to proceed outside the garrison, but under its protection.
Names Howard, William
Places Fort Michilimackinac, Mackinaw City, Mackinaw Island, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Keywords militia, armed forces, colonial forces, army, fort, trade, goods
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances; Trade and Indian Economies
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information British and colonial army officer, and Newfoundland office holder, John Bradstreet received an army commission in 1735 and served with distinction at Louisburg (1745), Oswego (1755), and Frontenac (1758). In the 1864 suppression of Pontiac’s rebellion, Colonel Bradstreet commanded the northern of two armies, moving his force to Detroit and reasserting British control over posts such as Fort Michilimackinac that had previously been taken by the Indians.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 104
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue