Posted by Champ on January 19, 1999 at 13:54:04:
In Reply to: Re: posted by Elaine on January 19, 1999 at 08:45:05:
: Thanks for noting the exceptions to the rule, Champ. As you say, such frontal assaults were rare. Indian warriors didn't look too favorably upon suicide missions. Such tactics generally required a collective mindset of discipline and submission to orders to be carried out; something that was not characteristic of Indian forces but was certainly the glue that held the British army together.
: The cases you cite were under the leadership of powerful men who were able to rally and unite those whom they led into battle. They also occurred post F & I WAR. Do you think these factors played a part in the incidents you describe?
I think you hit the nail upon the head. Individuals like Pontiac were indeed powerful & inspirational leaders.
No doubt this, coupled with the victories they achieved in taking 9 of the British forts so quickly, motivated this paticular Native confederation to actually storm the walls of Fort Detroit.
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