A SHORT CHRONOLOGY
The War of 1812 in the Northwest
1812 --HARRISON'S FIRST CAMPAIGN, August 28-September 11
August 28 cont.
catches up with them on the 31st after they had passed Lebanon a few
miles and were about 40 miles from Cincinnati.
1812, September 1. The Kentucky troops, under Harrison, arrive at Dayton
and leave for Piqua the next day. On this march, from Dayton
to Piqua, on September 1, an express informs Harrison that he has been
appointed a Brigadier General as of August 22 and assigned to the command
of all forces in Indiana and Illinois territories, with instructions to
consult and cooperate with General Hull and Governor Benjamin Howard.
Harrison declines accepting the appointment pending Eustis' (Secretary of
War) hearing about Hull's defeat. He also wants to know how much sub-
ordinate he will be to General James Winchester.
1812, September 3. The Kentucky troops arrive at Piqua. Hearing that
Ft. Wayne is besieged, Harrison detaches Colonel Allen's
regiment with two companies from Lewis' and one from Scott's regiments to
make forced marches to Ft. Wayne. A regiment of Colonel Adams[?] was
also advancing towards Ft. Wayne and was as far as Shane's Crossing [Rock-
ford, Ohio]; this consisted of 700 men.
1812, September 4. Harrison receives word that a British-Indian force
is coming from Malden to join the Indians besieging Ft. Wayne.
This force had left Malden on August 18th.
1812, September 5. William Henry Harrison makes a speech to the troops,
asking those who are afraid to serve against Ft. Wayne to step
out of the ranks. One man did and was hoisted to a rail and dumped into
the waters of the Miami River.
1812, September 6. The remainder of the Kentucky troops march from Piqua
for Ft. Wayne, having waited an extra day because of a shortage
of flints. They overtake Allen's regiment early on the 8th at the St.
Mary's River, Girty's Town. Major R. M. Johnson arrived on the 8th with
a corps consisting of companies of Captains Arnold and Johnson and a
company from Mason County, Kentucky, under the command of Captain Ward.
This brings the army to a strength of 2,200.
1812, September 9. Foot troops leave Girty's Town. The mounted volunteers
stay behind until noon to elect officers. R. M. Johnson is elected for
the command. In the evening the entire army arrives at the camp of Col.
Adams at Shane's Crossing. R. M. Johnson's volunteers encamp 1/2 mile
above the main army.
1812, September 10. Harrison's army marches late from Shane's Crossing.
The 17th U.S. Regiment, together with the regiments of Colonels
Wells and Allen, form the right column at 200 yards distance from the
road. The troops of Colonels Lewis and Scott form the left column at the
same distance. A battalion under General Lytle is the van and Captain
Garrard's mounted unit from Kentucky also Is in the van. Spies are sent
out all around the flanks, front and rear. Wagons and baggage is in the
1812, September 11. Lt. Suggette, the adjutant of Johnson's battalion,
is sent with 20 men as an advance party for Harrison's army.
They fall in with a party of Indians. This was the first engagement
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