Pierre Drouillard saves Simon Kenton's life as
told in the
History of Hardin Co OH, by WARNER, BEERS & CO.,1883.
"A grand council was immediately convened to determine upon the
fate of Kenton.
This was the fourth council which was held to dispose of the life
of the prisoner.
As soon as this grand court was organized and ready to proceed
to business, a Canadian Frenchman by the name of Peter Druyer,
who was a Captain in the British service,
and dressed in the gaudy appendages of the British uniform,
made his appearance in the council.
This Druyer was born and raised in Detroit-
he was connected with the English Indian Agent
Department-was their principal interpreter in settling Indian affairs;
this made him a man of great consequence among the Indians.
It was this influential man, that the good chief Logan, the friend
of all the human family, sent his young men to intercede for the life of
His judgment and address were only equaled by his humanity.
His foresight in selecting the agent who it was most probable could
save the life of the prisoner, proves his judgement and knowledge of the
As soon as the grand council was organized, Capt Druyer requested
permission to address it, which was instantly granted. He began his speech
by stating, that it was well -known that it was the wish and interest of
the English that
not an American should be left alive.
That the Americans were the cause of the present bloody and distressing
neither peace nor safety could be expected, as long at these intruders
were permitted to live upon the earth.
This part of his speech received repeated grunts of approbation.
He then explained to the Indians, `that the war to be carried on
successfully, required cunning as well as bravery -
that the intelligence which might be extorted from a prisoner would
be of more advantage in conducting the future operations of the
than would be the lives of twenty prisoners, that
he had no doubt but the commanding officer at Detroit could procure
information from the prisoner now before them that would be of incalculable
advantage to them in the progress of the present war. Under these circumstances,
hoped they would defer the death of the prisoner till he was taken
and examined by the Commanding General, after which he could be
brought back. and if thought advisable, upon further consideration, he
might be put to
death in any manner they thought proper."
He next noticed, " they already had a great deal of trouble
and fatigue with
the prisoner without being revenged upon him; but, that they had
got back all the horses the prisoner had stolen from them, and killed one
of his comrades; and to insure them something for their fatigue and trouble,
he himself would give
$100, in rum and tobacco, or any other articles they would choose,
if they would let him take the prisoner to Detroit to
be examined by the British General."
The Indians without hesitation agreed to Capt. Druyer's s
proposition, and he
paid down the ransom. As soon as these arrangements were concluded,
Druyer and a principal chief set off with the prisoner for Lower Sandusky
(now Fremont, Sandusky County). From this place they proceeded by water
where they arrived in a few days. Here the prisoner was-handed over
to the commanding officer, and lodged in the fort as a prisoner of war.
He was now out of war. He was now out of danger from the Indians, and was
treated with the
usual attention of prisoners of war in civilized countries. The
British commander gave the Indians some additional remuneration for the
life of Kenton, and they returned satisfied to join their countrymen at