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TCHA ID Number2-29(3)
Purdue ID NumberGWb2f29i3
TitleProphet's Town and Tippecanoe B.G., 1840
Other TitleProphet's Town
CreatorWinter, George, 1810-1876
Description"Prophet's Town and Tippecanoe B.G. 1840." (title from verso of last page; this copy obviously written later than that date, in 1860's or early 1870's.) AMs, 8p. (written on back of preprinted insurance forms) Standing upon the site of Tecumseh's wigwam, one overlooks to the southwest an extensive prairie, and directly below is the Wabash with its heavily wooded banks. The Prophet's wigwam stood just west of Tecumseh's. G.W. sketched this scene, the features of which were pointed out to him by Mr. Shaw. A wild cherry tree now stands on the edge of the area occupied by Tecumseh's wigwam, among the stones of the hearth (some of which have also been taker for use in a sugar camp). From this spot the Prophet saw the government army advance on the evening of August 6, 1811. Shaw's son pointed out the spring where Harrison found the tomahawked body of a government spy. The remains of the forge of a blacksmith's shop are also visible, and Shaw gave G.W. a pony shoe, hatchet, knife, and iron scraps found at that spot.
Description ContinuedA few mounds of earth and bits of decayed bark mark the old Indian burial ground. Prophet's Town originally stood on 45 cleared acres; since Shaw has owned the land, much underbrush has grown up, obscuring the park-like vistas through the great oaks. G.W. attempted to cross the Wabash in a canoe to sketch Shaw's cabin on the bluffs from across the river, but he ran into an overhanging branch and was lucky to get back to close to his original embarcation spot. Nonetheless, he did a good sketch from a point on the near bank, with a grassy field in the foreground and the bluffs, of various shades of green, rising behind. He delights in the sunny day, the wild flowers, the sweeping prairie, and all the beauties of nature. At this spot, the army made its closest approach to Prophet's Town during its march. Harrison, Tipton, Walter, and Wilson revisited Prophet's Town some years later and rehashed the events that occurred there. The messengers sent by Harrison to discuss terms with Tecumseh and the Prophet braved great hazards to accomplish their missions; G.W. has heard Barron speak of these journeys. Prophet's Town at that time was full of activity, as Tecumseh prepared and gathered his forces. Canoes and armaments were prepared, and warriors from many tribes were assembled, as Tecumseh stiffened his resolve to defend the Indian lands from white incursions. G.W. spent the day sketching all these historic scenes, and in the evening returned to the Battle Ground.
SubjectsTippecanoe Battlefield (Battle Ground, Ind.)
Prophetstown (Ind.)
RepositoryTippecanoe County Historical Association
RightsImages in the George Winter Collection should not be used without written permission from the Tippecanoe County Historical Association. To obtain reproduction rights and prices, contact the Tippecanoe County Historical Association, http://www.tcha.mus.in.us
Date of Original1860; 1861; 1862; 1863; 1864; 1865; 1866; 1867; 1868; 1869; 1870
Extent of Original8 p. ; 34 cm.
CollectionGeorge Winter Collection
Date Digitized8/07/2006
Capture DeviceEpson Expression 10000XL Photo Scanner
Capture DetailsSilverfast 6.4.1 r8c by Lazersoft
Resolution300 ppi
Color Depth24 bit
Color ManagementMonaco EZcolor using an IT8 target
URI ark:/34231/c66h4fbw