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Title Letters [manuscript]: 1763
Author Etherington, George (c.1722-1802)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Seven letters, in French, June 10-July 14, 1763, written by Capt. George Etherington during the period of his captivity at L’Arbre Croche to Charles Langlade at Fort Michilimackinac. Correspondence concerns the assignment of command of the fort to Langlade and instructions for its operation, the ransom of captive British soldiers, English traders held at the fort, wampum for the Ojibwa, and the assistance of the Ottawa chief, La Fourche.
Names Langlade, Charles (1728-1800)
Places Fort Michilimackinac, Mackinaw City, Cross Village, Michigan, United States
Keywords captive, captivity, Pontiac's War, fort, war, British Colonialism, British North America
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances; American Indians and the European Powers
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Language French
Additional Information British captain of the Royal American Regiment commanding Fort Michilimackinac when it was attacked and taken by the Ojibwa Indians, June 2, 1763. Most of the captured, including Etherington, were given up to the northern Ottawa and taken by them to L’Arbe Croche (now Cross Village, Mich.). Charles Langlade, the nephew of the Ottawa chief, La Fourche, remained at the fort and assumed command. He was instrumental in saving the lives of the English captives and securing the neutrality of the northern Ottawa in the general uprising led by Pontiac against the British. Etherington and his fellow prisoners were afterwards ransomed by Lt. James Gorrell, commander of the British garrison at Green Bay.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 277
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue