Battle with the Indians
Franklinton, (Ohio) Dec. 24, 1812. Capt. Hite has just arrived, express from Col. Campbell’s detachment, which it will be recollected, left this place on the 17th ult. [December] on a secret expedition. From him we learn the following account of a most obstinate and hard fought battle, in which the valor, intrepidity and firmness of the American troops shone with a lustre which has never been surpassed during the present war.
On the 17th December, after marching all night, col. Campbell, with his command, arrived at one of the Mississnewa towns, and instantly charged upon the town, drove the savages across the Mississinewa River, killed seven of them and took 37 prisoners — only two of our men were killed in this skirmish. While contending with the enemy at this town, they sent a runner over to another of the towns about three miles distant, which was immediately evacuated.
On the 18th, before day break, the savage yell was heard, the word was given “to arms,” and a most desperate conflict ensued. Captain Pierce, of the Zanesville troop, behaved gallantly, and died nobly. Lieut. Waltz, of Capt. Markell’s company, (from Greenbush, Pa.) was shot through the arm, and not being satisfied with that, he again endeavored to mount his horse, and in making the effort was shot through the head. His death was glorious.
Capt. Trotter, while charging with fury upon the enemy, was wounded in the hand. Lieuts. Basey and Hickman were slightly wounded. A great number of horses were killed. The action commenced with unabated fury for one hour, when the savages were routed and driven in all directions.
Capt. Hite states that between 30 and 40 Indians were known to be killed — how many were wounded could not be ascertained — 37 were taken prisoners. We had two officers and six privates killed, and twenty three privates wounded, eight supposed dangerous.