THIS WEEK in the War of 1812 (Dec. 9-Dec. 15)

December 10, 2012 at 12:21 am Leave a comment

Frontier Fighting

The war on the frontier heats up this week despite heavy snow and bitterly cold temperatures.

In response to Native American attacks on two U.S. forts in Indiana territory during the summer (Fort Harrison on the West and Fort Wayne on the East) Gen. William Henry Harrison receives permission in early November from Secretary of War William Eustis to mount a punitive expedition against the villages of the Miami Indians along the Mississinewa River in north central Indiana (near the present day city of Marion, Indiana).

Model of a Miami Indian village (Courtesy of Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society)

Model of a Miami Indian village
(Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society)

On Nov. 25, Harrison orders Colonel John Campbell to attack and destroy the Miami village of Mississinewa but to spare and women and children and march them back to Ohio.

On Dec. 14, Campbell sets out from Fort Greenville in Ohio with about 600 mounted troops. They are bound for Mississinewa 80 miles away through deep snow and freezing temperatures.

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