Major Isaiah Stillman, commanding three companies of volunteers, attacked a small band of Indians on May 14, 1832, in the Black Hawk War, a few miles from Dixon's Ferry where Lincoln's company was camped. The undisciplined troops broke and ran; hence the skirmish became known as Stillman's Run. General William Hull surrendered Detroit to the British, August 16, 1812. Colonel Lewis Cass' report was largely responsible for Hull's being courtmartialed and sentenced to be shot. The sentence was never executed, however, because later investigation proved Hull to have been a scapegoat, and Cass to have been unreliable in his charges against his commanding officer.
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