TAYLOR DEFEATED AT UPPER RAPIDS.
"The British and Indians were commanded by Colonel McCay, (or Mackay,) who came in boats from Mackinac, by Green Bay and the Wisconsin, with artillery. Their report gives from one hundred and sixty to two hundred regulars, and 'Michigan fenei-bles,' and about eight hundred Indians. They landed their artillery below the town and fort, and formed a battery; attacking the forts and the boats at the same time.
"After Captain Yeizer's boat had been driven from its anchorage, sappers and miners began operations in the bank, one hundred and fifty yards from the fort. Lieutenant Berkins held out while hope lasted. In the fort were George and James Kennerly the former an aid to Governor Clark; the latter a Lieutenant in the militia."
"A detachment, under command of Major Taylor, left Cape au Gris, on the 23d of August, in boats, for the Indian town at Bock river. The detachment consisted of three hundred and thirty-four effective men, officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates. A report from the commanding officer to General Howard, dated from Fort Madison, September 6th, and published in the ' Missouri Gazette' of the 17th, gives the details of the expedition.
" They met with no opposition until they reached Rock Island, where Indian villages were situated on both sides of the river, above and below the rapids. The object was to destroy these villages and the fields of corn. They continued up the rapids to Campbell's Island, so named from the commander of one of the boats from some hard fighting his detachment had with the Indians. The policy of the commanding officer was to commence with the upper villages, and sweep both sides of the river.
"But the policy was interrupted by a party of British, and more than a thousand Indians, with a six and a three pounder, as was believed, brought from Prairie du Chien. Captains Whiteside and Rector, and the men under their charge, with Lieutenant Edward Hempstead, who commanded a boat, fought the enemy bravely for several hours as they descended the rapids. The danger consisted in the enemy's shot sinking the boats, and they were compelled to fall down below the rapids to repair.
" I then called the officers together, and put to them the following question : 'Are we able, three hundred and thirty-four effective men, to fight the enemy, with any prospect of success and eftect, which is to destroy their villages and corn ?' They were of opinion the enemy was at least three men to one, and that it was not practicable to effect either object.