The Doctor’s Secret Journal: A True Account of Violence at Fort Michilimackinac

Pages from the original manuscript as written by Daniel Morison, Surgeon’s Mate 2nd Battalion, 60th Regiment Fort Michilimackinac 1769 – 1772.

from the book: “Among those who came to the fort in the late 1760’s was a Scotsman, Daniel Morison, surgeon’s mate in the Royal Americans’ Second Battalion. … Morison is worth our attention because between 1769 and 1772 he kept a journal in which he set down in language that is often unintentionally hilarious and at other times brutally frank the best account that we have of life at this outpost of European civilization. . . .

Dr. Morison’s journal provides us with a picture of the English population of the fort, a people beset by violence, lawlessness, tyrannical officers, petty bickering, and assorted other problems. A reading of the journal should dispel any romantic notions of what conditions were like at an eighteenth-century frontier fort.”

Author: Edited by George S. May; Illustrated by Dirk Gringhuis
Publisher: Mackinac State Historic Parks
ISBN: Hardcover 0-911872-76-0 ; Softcover 0-911872-05-1
47 pages, 1960. 2001 Seventh Printing
Price: Hardbound $6.95 Softbound $4.95