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January 24, 2013

Battle with the Indians

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The town where the battle was fought was burnt without resistance. The Indians were of the Delaware and Miami tribes, entirely destitute of any valuable property.

It was stated that Tecumseh, with 4 or 500 warriors, was about 15 miles from the scene of action, and our troops anticipated another attack on their return.

The attack commenced on the right line commanded by Major Ball, who repelled it with that firm and manly courage which is his distinguishing characteristic…. All fought, with equal bravery, all deserve the highest encomiums. Colonel Campbell’s force was about 600 — that of the enemy about 800, One hundred volunteers are to march from Greensville to reinforce Col. Campbell.

COMMENT: The Battle of the Mississinewa, as it is usually called, took place in Jalapa, Indiana. It has been described as the “first America victory in the War of 1812.” The operation had been ordered by Indiana Governor (and later U.S. President) William Henry Harrison, with the purpose of destroying Indian villages along the Mississinewa River in Indiana. Most of the Indian “prisoners” taken were women and children. The battle is re-enacted every October by Americans fond of re-enacting battles. During their return after the battle, in real life, the American forces suffered terribly from frostbite, rendering some 300 of them unfit for duty. 

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