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[Alexander James Dallas], Notes for Hull trial [points of evidence], c5 January 1814

Order of Testimony

I. Charge Treason

Ist. Witnesses to from the previous connection of Genl. Hull with the Inhabitants of Canada, his passage from Detroit to fort George in the queen Charlotte & his communication on Board & any other part shewing an illicit intercourse & intimacy with the enemy.

B.     2nd. To prove the hiring of the vessel at the Rapids & putting the trunk of papers on board. The State of the British force on the river & lake the Capture or non capture of the provision boats, the Communication with Col. St. George & his officers.

C.     3d. Witnesses to prove the Intercourse between Genl. Hull & known British adherents in Canada his speaking of a Capitulation at Sandwich.

D      4th. Witnesses to prove the conversation at Genl. Brocks quarters, as to the hoisting of the Flag at fort Detroit, the sending a flag the sending the flag to Genl. Brock the hoisting the white flag at the fort, the arrival of the British officers, the declaration of Genl. Hull that he surrenderd &c.

IId. Charge Cowardice

E     1 Witnesses to prove the Number State & condition of the Enemy, including the State & condition of Fort Malden & the Indians when Genl. Hull arrived at Detroit.

F      =The like when he arrived at Sandwich & Col. Cass had repeled the Enemy at the Bridge at aux Canards

=The like when he retreated from Canada

G     2d. Witnesses to prove the Numbers who deserted & obtained protections from Genl. hull.

H     3d. Witnesses to Prove the General State & condition of the Indians before & after the Surrender of Michilimackinac

I       4th. The WNumber State & Condition of the american army, artillery &c. &c.

K      5. The State of the Inhabitants & Indians when Col. Cass took the Bridge of Aux Canard, & the facility of attacking Malden after the Bridge was taken.

L      6. The Sense of the officers on the abandonment of the enterprise agt. Malden, & the evacuating of Canada

M     7. Witnesses to prove the erection of the enemies Batteries opposite Detroit his G. Hulls refusals to annoy them his expression that those who lived in Glass houses should not throw Stones, his conduct during the day & the night of the 15th, both before & after the cannonading had commenced, his cowardly expressions in the Streets of Detroit.

N     8th. Witnesses to prove his general mis conduct on the 16th. of August and particularly

=his avoiding ^omitting^ to prevent the enemies landing & encountering them.

=his sending flags to expostulate.

=his Withdrawing & Skulking in the fort

=his orders Inconsistent & incoherent

=his forbidding the artillery to fire.

=his calling the Troops from the field into the fort.

=his Declaration of Surrender before the terms of Capitulation were agreed on.

=The facility of defending the passes & preventing a landing.

       9th. Witnesses to prove that

O     1. The Garrison of Detroit & army were Superior in Numbers to the Enemy

P      2d. The Supplies of arms ammunition & provisions were abundant for some time.

Q     3 The Spirit & desire of the army to meet the enemy

        4th. The State of the artillery

R     5th. The expectation of reinforcement & supplies from Ohio & Kentucky.

        6th. The Remonstrance of the Officers agt. a capitulation.

        7th. The State of condition of the British forces at the Surrender

10th. Witnesses to prove

S      The state of the Works & of the artillery in fort Detroit when Genl. Hull arrived there.

=The repairs made to the fort & the artillery when before the army crossed the river & afterwards.

=The State of the Guns & gun carriages brought to the river to cover the crossing

=The orders first given to repair the gun carriages & afterwards to make new Carriages & when executed

IIId. Neglect of Duty.

       1st. Witnesses to prove

The State of the army when Genl. Hull took the command

The Neglect of his position, exercise & review throughout the campaign.

The Neglect of Order of Battle of the march from Dayton to Detroit.

The State of the enemies waterforce when the army was at the rapids.

The Information respecting war at the rapids before & after.

The hiring the vessel at the rapids the trunk & its contents put on Board, the captain, the negotiation with Col. St George to restore the Baggage.

       2d. Witnesses to prove

The State of Fort Detroit its guns & gun carriages on arrival

The repairs made what & when.

       3d. Witnesses to prove

1. The delay in preparing to attack Malden, the course of War on the Subject.

2d. The time of ordering & completing the repairs of guns & gun carriages for the Siege

3d. The circumstances of the retreat

4th. The State of the Inhabitan[ts] & the Indians when Col. Cass took the Brid[ge] over aux canard & th[e] facility of attacking Malden after the Bridge was taken.

5th. The Sense of the officers on the abandonment of the enterprise agt. Malden & the evacuation of Canada.

       4th. Witnesses to prove,

                1 {The cutting off the communication with the river raisin the cause & Effect

                {The State of the enemys force when Major Vn. Horne was detached, the force of his Detachment & quantity of provisions.

                2d. The Same as to Lieut. Col. Millers detachment.

                3rd. The Same as to Lieut. Col. McArthurs detachment

       5: Witnesses to prove

                The taking of the Bridge over the river aux canard and all the advantages acquired by it, & the inducement afforded for an immediate attack on Malden

       6th. Witnesses to prove

1. The raising Batteries opposite Detroit, when & how long.

2d. The neglect to annoy them &c. & the reason why &c.

3d. The facility of fortifying so as to prevent the enemies crossing on & landing

4th. The Neglect & refusal to neet & attack the enemy after landing.

Points of Evidence

The U. States


Brig. Genl. Wm. Hull

Copy in the hand of MVB.

Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 2 (1 January 1812-16 February 1815)