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Title Order to Capt. Langlade to assist in the capture of St. Louis from the Spaniards [manuscript]: [Michilimackinac], [1780]
Author Sinclair, Patrick (d.1820)
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Undated, unsigned order of 1780 from Patrick Sinclair at Michilimackinac, now under British rule, to Capt. Charles-Michel Mouet de Langlade, in charge of a detachment of Indians, to proceed to Illinois country to assist in the capture of St. Louis from the Spaniards. Langlade is to take his men in canoes down the Chicago ("Chicagout") River from Milwaukee ("Milvaki") to Cahokia ("Kahokia"), where he is to remain at least a month to reinforce the English garrison there, and to assist them in attacking the Spaniards. He is also advised to set up camp with his men in Kaskaskia ("Cascasia") along the Mississippi. En route to Cahokia, Langlade is to capture the Illinois village of L’Epé, and to take whatever provisions he needs from the Indians there. On the return trip, he is to take all their cattle--leaving behind not even a single cow--and as many horses as he needs. Sinclair also authorizes Langlade to buy canoes if necessary for the return to Michilimackinac or La Baye.
Names Langlade, Charles (1728-1800)
Places L’Epé, Chicago River, Milwaukee, Cahokia, Kaskaskia, Fort Michilimackinac, Mackinaw City, Michigan, La Baye, St. Louis, United States
Keywords colonial forces, cattle, horse, livestock, British Colonialism, British North America, US War of Independence, France, armed forces, Spain, rebellion, alliance
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Language French
Additional Information Includes a typecript sheet with a brief description of the order (in English) and subsequent military contact.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 809
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue