CARLOS A. NORTON TO WORTHINGTON
Chillicothe Nov. 21, 1812
I acknowledge, with pleasure the receipt of your favor of the 11th instant -- together with the President's message, and accompanying documents.
Before this, you have, probably, heard that Gen. Tupper's spies took an Englishman prisoner near the Rapids, and brought him to camp near Fort Mc- Arthur. The information obtained from him, induced Gen. Tupper to select about 650 Ohio Volunteers, and march expeditiously to the rapids. Those vol- unteers carried five days provision. After their departure from Fort Mc- Arthur, Gen. Harrison at Franklinton, obtained such information of the stren- gth of the British and Indians, as to excite some apprehension for the safety of the detachment under Tupper.
An express, which arrived in town last night from Harrison, has relieved our anxiety -- and given us more reason to exult in the valor of the Volun- teers of Ohio. Tupper has fought a battle at the rapids and gained a victory over the British and Indians.
We do not know the day that the engagement took place -- nor many of the details. It seems, that a firing, between tie two detachments commenced the evening before the principal battle. The next morning, the Indians and British formed the line -- and began to cross the rivers, the Miami of the lake. While they were crossing, Tupper attacked them. They were complately routed. Our men found the dead bodies of fifteen of the enemy -- a number were seen floating down the stream -- and several of them killed and wounded were carried off by the flying foe. On our side, four were killed -- We have not heard how many were wounded.
The force of the enemy was, it is said, upwards of 700.
Winchester and Tupper have some misunderstanding, relative to trans- actions at Fort Defiance, some time ago -- and Tupper is to be arrested.
We have no other news -- I am, respectfully,
C. A. Norton
Hon. T. Worthington
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