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[Alexander James Dallas], Notes for the Hull trial [points of evidence], c3 January 1814


A. 1. Witnesses to prove the previous connection of Genl Hull with the inhabitants of Canada; his passage from Detroit to Fort-George in the Queen Charlotte, & his conversations on board; with any other facts, shewing an illicit intercourse and intimacy with the Enemy.

B. 2. Witnesses to prove the hiring of the vessel at the Rapids &, putting the Trunk of papers on board; the state of the British forces on the River and Lake; the capture, or non-capture of provision boats; the communications with Col. St. George, and his officers &c.

C 3. Witnesses to prove the intercourse between Gen. Hull and known British Adherents in Canada; his speaking of a capitulation at Sandwich [. . .]

D. 4. Witnesses to prove, the conversations at Genl. Brock's Quarters, as to the hoisting of the Flag at Fort Detroit; the sending a Flag across the River; the sending the Flag to Gen. Brock; the hoisiting the White Flag at the Fort; the arrival of the British Officers; the declaration of Gen. Hull that he surrendered &c.

II Cowardice

E. 1. Witnesses to prove the numbers state and condition of the Enemy, ^including the state & condition of Fort Malden & the Indians:^ when Genl. Hull arrived at Detroit.

When he arrived at Sandwich, and Col. Cass had repulsed the Enemy at the Bridge at Aux Canards

When he retreated from Canada.

F. 2. Witnesses to prove the numbers, who deserted & obtained from Protections from Genl Hull.

G. 3. Witnesses to prove the general state of and disposition of the Indians before and after the surrender of Michilimackinac.

H 4. Witnesses to prove the erection of the Enemy's Batteries opposite Detroit; Gen. Hull's refusal to annoy them, with his expressions that those who live in glass-houses should not begin to throw stones; his conduct during the day, & the night of the 15. Aug. both before and after the cannonading had ceased; his cowardly expressions in the streets of Detroit &c.

J. 5. Witnesses to prove this general misconduct on the 16. Aug. and particularly

his avoiding to prevent the Enemys landing, reconnoitering & encountering them.

his sending Flags to expostulate

his withdrawing and 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 delcaration of surrender before the ^terms of^ Capitulation were agreed on.

the facility of Defending the Passes, and preventing a landing

K 6. Witnesses to prove that

^NB, the Volunteers who joined, Capt. Dobbins under Arms, tho' act belonging to the Army.^

1. The Garrison of Detroit and the Army were equal or superior in number to the Enemy.

2 The supplies of Arms, ammunition and provisions were abundant for some time.

3 The spirit and desire of the Army to meet the Enemy.

4 The state of the Artillery.

5 The expectation of reinforcements and supplies from Ohio & Kentucky.

6 The remonstrance of the Officers against a Capitulation.

7 The state and condition of the British Force, at the surrender.

L. 7. Witnesses to prove

The state of the ^works of the, and of the^ Artillery in Fort Detroit, when Genl. Hull arrived there.

The repairs made to the Fort and the Artillery before the Army crossed the River, and afterwards.

The state of the Gun & Gun carriages ple brought to the river to cover the crossings

The orders first given to repair the gun carriages, and afterwards to make new on ^new^ carriages for the seige of Malden; and when executed.

III. Neglect of duty &c.

M. 1. Witnesses to prove

The state of the Army when Gen. Hull took the command.

The neglect of his position, exercise, review, throughout the Campaign.

The neglect of Order of Battle on the march from Dayton to Detroit.

The skill of the Enemy's water force, when the Army was at the Rapids.

The information respecting War at the Rapids, before and after.

The hiring the Bank ^vessel^ at the Rapids; the men & stores put on board; the Trunk and its contents put on board; the capture; the negotiation with Col. St. George to restore Baggage.

N. 2. Witnesses to prove,

The state of Fort Detroit, its Guns & the Gun carriages on arrival there.

The repairs made, what, and when

O. 3. Witnesses to prove,

1 The delay in preparing to attack Malden.

The Councils of war held on the subject.

2 The line of ordering and completing the repairs of Guns & Gun carriages for the Seige.

3. The circumstances of the retreat.

4. The state of the Inhabitants & the Indians, when Col. Cass took the Bridge over Aux Canards, and the facility of attacking Malden, after the Bridge was taken.

5. The sense of the Officers on the abandonment of the enterprize against Malden, & the evacuation of Canada.

P. 4. Witnesses to prove,

1. The cutting off the communication with the river Raisin; the cause & effect.

The state of the Enemy's force, when Maj. Vanhorne was detached, & the force of his detachment & quantity of <illegible> ^provisions^.

2 The same as to Lt. Col. Miller's detachment

3 The same as to LtCol. McArthur's detachment

Q 5. Witnesses to prove,

The taking of the Bridge over the river Aux Canards; and all the advantage acquired by it; and the inducement afforded for an immediate attack on Malden

R. 6. Witnesses to prove,

1. The Enemy's raising Batteries opposite to Detroit, when and how long.

2. The neglect to annoy and drive <them​> away, the reason, & effect.

3. The facility of fortifying so as to prevent the Enemy from crossing & landing

4. The neglect and refusal to meet and attack the Enemy after the landing.

Points of Evidence.

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