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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

November 6th, 1811 - The Battle of Tippecanoe

Conflict: Old Northwest Indian Wars

Combatants: Americans vs. Indian Confederacy

Location: Indiana (USA)

Outcome: American victory

When the governor of Indiana, William Henry Harrison, moved troops to attack the Indian capitol of Prophetstown, Shawnee Chief Tecumseh assembled an army of 700 men to oppose the Americans. Tecumseh launched a surprise dawn attack while Harrison's troops were encamped along Tippecanoe Creek, but the Indian warriors were repulsed with heavy losses.

Battle of Tippecanoe by Alonzo Chappel

Points of Interest:

  • Harrison would be elected the 9th President of the United States, but died after only thirty-one days in office.

  • Tecumseh spent much of his life after 1808 attempting to unite the various tribes against European encroachment. Yet, he accepted a brigadier's commission in the British army and frequently fought along side them including leading British troops in battle.

William Henry Harrison (1835) by James Reid Lambdin

Tecumseh by Owen Staples

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