1775 : Henry Hamilton Appointed British Governor of Fort Detroit

November 9, 2018 all-day

On November 9, 1775, British Lt. Governor Henry Hamilton Takes Charge of Fort Detroit.

He used Detroit as a base for raids on American colonists living on the frontier. He became known as “the hair buyer” because he paid Native American allies for American scalps.

Source: “Michigan Historical Calendar”, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.

Long Knife by James Alexander Thom : Two centuries ago, with the support of the young Revolutionary government, George Rogers Clark led a small but fierce army west from Virigina to conquer all the territory between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Here is the adventure, the romance, the struggle, and the betrayal of his life. Rich in the heroic characters, meticulously researched detail and grand scale that have become James Alexander Thom’s trademarks, Long Knife, his first historical epic, is simply unforgettable. One of George Rogers Clark’s greatest frustrations was his inability to sustain an attack on British Lt. Governnor Hamilton’s Fort Detroit. However, on Feb 23, 1779, George Rogers Clark succeeded in capturing Hamilton when he seized Fort Sackville (Battle of Vincennes). Available through MeL at participating libraries.

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