A SHORT CHRONOLOGY
The War of 1812 in the Northwest
1813--GENERAL HARRISON'S SECOND CAMPAIGN AND THE FIRST
SIEGE OF FT. MEIGS, February 11-May 4.
May 4 cont.
They encamp about a mile from Ft. Meigs.
1813, May 5. General Harrison orders 800 men of Green Clay's detachment
to land and spike the British cannon and then return when this
is done. The balance of Clay's force to land on the Ft. Meigs side of the
river and come to the fort. Green Clay orders Colonel William Dudley and
the first 12 boats to execute Harrison's order. Dudley's troops form
into three columns: Dudley at the head of the right, Major Shelby on the
left, and Capt. Morrison in the center. Dudley's men are successful in
spiking the cannon, but then do not follow orders to return to Ft. Meigs
and are attacked and taken by the enemy. They are taken to Ft. Miamis
and there the Indians fire upon them, as prisoners, until Tecumseh stops
the massacre. Meanwhile, General Harrison orders a sortie from the fort
under the command of Colonel John Miller to stop the British batteries
on the fort side of the river. He and his 350 men are successful and
41 prisoners are taken. The British force had consisted of 200 British
regulars, 150 Canadians, and 500 Indians. A second sorties is made
from the fort against the Indians on the fort side of the river. At first
this sortie is successful, but, when Harrison calls them back, his men are
fired upon by the Indians. Colonel Henry Procter sends Major Peter Chambers
to Harrison, requesting the surrender of Ft. Meigs. Harrison refuses.
1813, May 9. The siege is lifted and the British-Indian force retreats.
1813, May 10. An American party is sent across the river to bury the dead.
They find 45 bodies, including that of Dudley. About 70 of
Dudley's force killed. American losses at Ft. Meigs were 81 killed and
1813, May 11. Governor Return J. Meigs called out 500 mounted men to
reinforce Ft. Meigs; they arrive at Lower Sandusky this day.
1813--R. M. JOHNSON'S EXPEDITION
1813, May 24. R. M. JOHNSON'S EXPEDITION. Gets orders from General
Harrison to take command of Ft. Wayne and the posts on the
Auglaize and make sorties against the Indians. Johnson's men now at
1813, May 28. R. M. Johnson's regiment rendezvouses at Dayton. A few days later
they start northward toward St. Mary's.
1813, June 1. Johnson's regiment arrives at St. Mary's. From there they
continue to Wapakoneta where they get Indian guides and
spies (Shawnees), among whom is the half-breed, Anthony Shane.
1813, June 5. R. M. Johnson's regiment leaves St. Mary's for Ft. Wayne.
Spend some time in mock manoeuvres in a prairie about half way
between St. Mary's and Shane's Crossing. They arrive at Shane's Crossing
in the evening.
1813, June 7. R. M. Johnson's regiment of Kentucky Mounted Volunteers
arrives at Ft. Wayne.
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