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It dispelled that gloom and displayed a clear sky to the American armies. Cornwallis felt as much despair in the death of Ferguson as Harrison felt hope in the flight of Proctor.

It is not always best in a preface to anticipate too much of what is said in the text. The story of the Battle of the Thames is better told in the text than it can be told in an introduction, and it is well to leave the reader to learn what is said in the text of the author. He may sometimes be thought to color his facts with the hues of romance, but if they are thereby made more interesting to the reader no harm can come of such a departure from cold and naked narrative. Even if he should now and then be thought to substitute creations of a vivid imagination for dry historic facts, the reader may be benefited by the change, whether cold history approve or not. Differences of opinion have always existed as to certain facts about the battle of the Thames, and they may continue to exist after this or any other essay on the subject. What battle was ever fought about which all historians perfectly agreed?

One valuable feature of this account of the battle of the Thames may be pointed out. It is the appendix, in which the names of all the officers and soldiers who took part in this battle are given. The descendants of these heroes are now scattered far and wide over the land, and they can but be pleased to see the names of their ancestors mentioned in a victory so glorious as that of the Thames. These names are given as they appeared in their regiments and companies, and the names of the privates are alphabetically arranged, so that it is not difficult to find any one of them. The numerous illustrations are also worthy of mention in this preface. The principal persons engaged in the battle are represented by halftone likenesses, which are the very best of their kind, and worthy of the images they are intended to preserve.

There will also be found in the appendix a sketch of Oliver Hazard Perry, and the names of the Kentuckians known to have been with him in the battle of Lake Erie.

R. T. Durrett,

President of The Filson Club

ILLUSTRATIONS

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Colonel Bennett H. Young Frontispiece

Mound On Battlefield Of The Thames 8

Thames River, Looking South From Mound 16

Tree On Bank Of Thames River, Near Battlefield 24

Thames River, Looking South From Longwood Road 32

General John Poague 38

The Old Tecumseh Hotel, On The Thames Battlefield 56

The Battlefield Of The Thames 68

The Hospital Barn 80

Relics Picked Up On Battlefield Of The Thames 96

Governor Isaac Shelby no

General William Henry 116

General Joseph Desha 118

General William Henry Harrison 120

General John Edward King 122

Governor John Adair 124

General James Allen 128

Colonel George Trotter 130

General David Chiles 132

William T. Barry, Postmaster-general 134

J. J. Crittenden 140

Colonel James Johnson 146

Colonel Micah Taul 160

Colonel Joseph Mcdowell 162

Major Dbvall Payne 170

General Robert B. Mcafee 172

Tecumseh 180

Colonel Richard M. Johnson 186

Colonel James Davidson 190 The Battle Of The Thames

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