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DALZELL, James, soldier, died near Detroit, Michigan, 30 July 1763. Of his early life nothing is known. He was a companion of Israel Putnam in some of the most adventurous passages of that rough veteran's life, and afterward an aide-de-camp to General Jeffrey Amherst. He led a detachment of 260 men to the relief of the garrison of Detroit, reaching that place at daybreak, 29 July 1763. After one day's rest, Captain Dalzell led a night sally against the Indians, in which his command of 247 men was surprised on the banks of a rivulet, called Parent's creek, defeated and dispersed. Dalzell fell and was scalped while attempting to bring off the wounded. His heart was torn out, and with it the Indians wiped the faces of their prisoners. The stream received the name of "Bloody Run," by which it is known to this day.
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