Extract of a letter from Col. Porter, commanding at [Fort] Niagara to General Dearborn.
“The arrival of several of Gen. Winchester’s officers at Buffalo, last evening, confirms the late reports of the general and his little army having been killed or captured. Those officers state that every person who by wound or otherwise was incapable of marching, he was instantly and indiscriminately butchered by them!!! The general and the remainder of his troops are now crossing at Fort Niagara. The field officers are refused their parole.”
COMMENT: After the disastrous defeat of the Americans at the Battle of Frenchtown, in Michigan just north of the Ohio border, those wounded American prisoners unable to join the victorious British army’s return to Detroit, were left behind. However, Indians fighting for the British ignored undertakings to protect these wounded prisoners, and most of them were killed in what came to be known as the River Raisin Massacre.
War in Maine
A gentleman from Eastport, which he left the 10th inst. [February] informs that all communication, except by a flag of truce, would cease in three days from the above date. Col. Ulmer, the commanding officer at Eastport, sent a flag of truce to St. Andrews, the day previous, to inform them of it – and that after 6 days from the date all English subjects would be detained as prisoners of war, & all American citizens going from Eastport would be considered as persons giving information to the enemy, and would be treated as such, except they had his permission and a flag [of truce].
COMMENT: Maine (which until 1820 was a part of the State of Massachusetts) may be considered as the forgotten corner of America’s forgotten war. Col. George Ulmer (1755-1825), a Revolutionary war veteran who took command of the local militia in Eastport in December 1812. One account reads: “Ulmer found his command hampered by orders not to engage the enemy, a terrible shortage of supplies and equipment, officers who bickered and refused to cooperate, the hostility of smugglers and others in the Passamaquoddy region, and inadequate housing.”