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TCHA ID Number2-29(28)
Purdue ID NumberGWb2f29i29
TitleLetter, 1874 Oct. 5, New Albany, to George Winter
CreatorShields, P. S.
ContributorsWinter, George, 1810-1876
DescriptionLetter From: P.S. Shields, New Albany, October 5, 1874 To: George Winter ALS, 4 p. (one sheet, folded) (with typed transcription)
Description ContinuedAcknowledging G.W. letter of September 18, requesting Shields' memories of his father's statements about the Battle of Tippecanoe. U.S. Army arrived near Prophet's Town the day before the battle. Indians invited a small squad, including General Harrison, to town for a friendly talk in the afternoon. During the talk, Indians took up offensive positions. Despite the Indians' suggestion of another talk in the morning, Harrison expected them to attack during the night and so mounted a heavy guard. Due to a dark and rainy night, the Indians slipped past the sentries, giving the soldiers little time to form up before they were attacked. His father's line was attacked three times, each charge accompanied by a yell, and tomahawks were thrown. A nearby company retreated, pursued by Indians, but managed to kill some and drive them back. Harrison moved about, encouraging his troops. The Indians were routed by a charge after dawn. The battle took two hours, twenty minutes; 43 U.S. soldiers and 53 Indians were dead on the ground. Burial of the dead; shortage of provisions.
SubjectsTippecanoe, Battle of (Ind. : 1811)
Indians of North America--Indiana
Campaigns & battles
Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841
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 Original1874-10-05
Extent of Original4 p. ; 21 cm.
CollectionGeorge Winter Collection
Date Digitized8/07/2006
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URI ark:/34231/c6542kjc