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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

October 5th, 1813- The Battle of the Thames

Conflict: War of 1812

Combatants: Americans vs. British/Indian Confederacy

Location: Ontario (Canada)

Outcome: American victory

Following the American victory at Lake Erie, General William Henry Harrison led 4,500 troops into Upper Canada. Although the British commander ordered his forces to withdraw, against the wishes of allied Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, the American army overtook the combined army on the banks of the Thames River. The Americans won a sharp victory inflicting about 50 casualties and taking over 450 prisoners with losses of only 15 killed and 30 wounded. Tecumseh was killed in the engagement, thus ending the British alliance with the Indian Confederacy.

Battle of the Thames by William Emmons

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 after 1808 attempting to unite the various tribes against European. 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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