For being fooled into surrendering the fort and the town, Hull was court-martialed and sentenced to death, a prosecution no doubt fueled by the outrage of his underling Lewis Cass. The sentence was later commuted by President James Madison at the war's conclusion. But this episode would cement Cass' reputation as a tough customer, and put him on a track to be territorial governor here, changing the course of Michigan history.
And, on a personal note, one of this writer's ancestors was George Buchendahl, who was a member of Button's troop of cavalry and served under General Brock at the capture of this city.
And I'm gratified they took Detroit without firing a shot.
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