Thomas Duggan journal 1795-1801
Thomas Duggan was a longtime service member of the British Army in Canada. He began his career in 1766 as an assistant to M. Chandler, a barracks master in Quebec. In 1792, Duggan was stationed in Detroit as a storekeeper and clerk in the Indian Department. He was next transferred to Fort Michilimackinac (Mackinaw City, Michigan) and finally, in 1796, was stationed at St. Joseph Island with the 24th Regiment of Foot. Duggan built a house on the remote island, but in 1801, with his health failing, he requested to be transferred to a more comfortable post within the British military. In 1802, Duggan was court-martialed for defrauding several Native Americans of food and liquor, supplied by the British Indian Department. Relinquished of his duties, he remained on St. Joseph until his death on December 17, 1803.