A SHORT CHRONOLOGY
The War of 1812 in the Northwest
1812--THE MASSACRE OF FT. DEARBORN, August 3-January 20, 1813.
August 3 cont.
said the Indians had been holding councils discussing the commencing of
hostilities; that 5-600 Indians were now in the neighborhood of the fort,
1812, August 15. On the morning the troops, some 70 of them, with some
women and children begin their march out of Ft. Dearborn. They
proceed about a mile from the fort when the front guard is attacked by
the savages, who are posted behind a sandbank. [See: McAfee for a
description of the massacre.] William Wells is killed, among others,
his heart taken out and eaten by the chiefs.
1812, September 24. General Harrison is at Piqua and there receives orders
to take command of the 8th Military District, which includes the
Northwestern Army. The order for taking this command was dated September
1812, September 27. General Harrison sends an express to Pittsburgh,
ordering artillery and supplies from thence to proceed to
Georgetown on the Ohio and from thence by New Lisbon and Canton to
1812, October 1. General Harrison marches his troops in rain and mud,
past Ft. Jennings, where foot troops are halted.
1812, c. October 5. General Harrison, at St. Mary's, is informed that
Indians are again collecting to attack Ft. Wayne. He sends a
detachment of 1,500 mounted volunteers under Colonel Allen Trimble to
Ft. Wayne and then on to White Pidgeon's Town on the headwaters of St.
Joseph's of the Lake, about 60 miles from Ft. Wayne. When Trimble
arrives at Ft. Wayne, 1/2 of his command refuses to go farther; he takes
the part which will advance and destroys the Indian villages.
1812, November 15. General Harrison informs the War Department that he
does not think it now safe to move from the Rapids until one
million rations have been accumulated there.
1812, December 10. A battalion of Pennsylvanians reaches Upper Sandusky
with 21 pieces of artillery brought by Lt. Hukill from Pittsburgh.
General Harrison arrives there on the 20th and establishes it as his
1813, January 18. General Harrison, at Lower Sandusky, plans to move
forward with some artillery under the command of Major Cotgreave
for the Rapids.
1813, January 20. General Harrison arrives at the Rapids, dispatches Capt.
Hart, the inspector general, to Winchester at Frenchtown with
news of the movements in the rear and instructions to hold the position
at Frenchtown. Harrison had reached the Rapids quickly as he had traveled
by sled and outrun the reinforcements for Winchester's army.
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