A SHORT CHRONOLOGY
The War of 1812 in the Northwest
1813--HARRISON'S THIRD CAMPAIGN AND THE SECOND SIEGE OF FT.
MEIGS, July 20-July 28.
July 20 cont.
British boats could be seen down the river.
1813, July 21. A picket guard of 11 men is sent out of Ft. Meigs to a
spot 300 yards below the fort. They are surprised by Indians
and 7 are killed. The British encamp at old Fort Miamis. Some horses
are stolen. At night new traverses are erected inside Ft. Meigs and
trenches are deepened.
1813, July 23. A large body of some 800 Indians under the command of
Tecumseh are seen passing up the river, supposedly to attack
1813, July 24. Colonel Gaines with 200 men go out of Ft. Meigs to look
for the enemy, but see none. The British do send a detachment
to intercept him, but he is back in the fort before the enemy arrive.
1813, July 25. The British move their camp over the river to the south
side beyond a point of woods which partly conceals them from
1813, July 26. A heavy fire is put on the Sandusky Road by the British
about I mile from Ft. Meigs. This was a sham battle put on by
the British and Indians to lure the Americans from the fort who might
think that reinforcements were being attacked by the enemy. It failed
in its purpose.
1813, July 27. The British move back across the river to their old
1813, July 28. The British abandon their siege and leave.
1813--THE SIEGE OF FT. STEPHENSON
1813, July 28. THE SIEGE OF FT. STEPHENSON. The British and Indians
move toward Ft. Stephenson on both land and water.
1813, July 29. Harrison, at Seneca Town, receives word that the British
have abandoned the siege of Ft. Meigs. He calls a council of
officers and it is decided to remove the garrison from Ft. Stephenson as
that place is considered untenable.
1813, July 30. Croghan receives Harrison's order to evacuate Ft.
Stephenson. However the message was delayed as the messenger
got lost in the woods. Croghan replies that it would be unsafe to evacuate.
Harrison is angered. Croghan is removed and ordered to come to
headquarters. After explaining his plight to Harrison, Croghan is re-
assigned to his command.
1813, July 31. A reconnoitring party is sent out from headquarters to
spy on the lake. It returns the next day with information that
the enemy is approaching by water.
1813, August 1. The siege of Ft. Stephenson begins. Procter demands its
surrender; Croghan says it will be defended to "the last extremity. The British
threaten the Americans with an Indian massacre.
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