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could face. They offered all that freemen could offer, and they won all that a brave and chivalrous people could bestow. On that roll of her sons whose fidelity and loyalty the Commonwealth delights to honor, the names of the men who fought at the Thames on October 5, 1813, stand out with a brilliancy and glory which time can not dim and ages will not efface.

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THE HEROES OF THE BATTLE

After such a victory as that of the Thames we naturally want to hear something of the individuality of those who won it. In a monograph we can not speak of all of them. They were more than three thousand in number, and it would require a book of no ordinary dimensions to devote only a few words to each of them. Those who began the battle and won the victory were Kentuckians, and while this fact narrows the limits of the meritorious to be mentioned, yet even all the famous Kentuckians can not be presented in a work of this kind. Some of them, however, can be mentioned, and naturally enough the most meritorious claim selection. But while mentioning the brave Kentuckians, Harrison, the commander-inchief of the army, must not be forgotten, for although he was not a Kentuckian by birth or habitation he commanded in the insignia of a Kentucky major-general. Nor must we forget the Indian chief, Tecumseh, who was the most meritorious of the enemy and greater by far than any or all of the English for whom and under whom he fought and died. We may begin, therefore, with Shelby and end with Johnson, the two Kentucky heroes

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