William Henry Harrison and the Conquest of the Ohio Country
Frontier Fighting in the War of 1812
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
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About William Henry Harrison many Americans know only two facts: he campaigned for the presidency under the slogan “Tippecanoe and Tyler too,” and he was in office the shortest time of any president. While some will tell you that “Tippecanoe” refers to a battle with the Indians (or was it the British...
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No scholar can completely express his appreciation and gratitude to those who directly or indirectly contributed to such a study. At the center of this study is the fine work done by Douglas E. Clanin of the Indiana Historical Society, and his staff , on the ten microfilm reels of the William Henry...
Chapter One: Apprenticeship in Frontier Warfare
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About a mile and a half from Prophetstown (east of modern Lafayette, Indiana), the army paused in its approach to the native village. William Henry Harrison, Indiana territorial governor and militia brigadier general, sent Capt. Toussaint Dubois, commander of his scouts and guides, to request a truce...
Chapter Two: To Tippecanoe
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The years between Harrison’s becoming secretary for the Northwest Territory and 1812 forced the young Virginian to acquire both personal and administrative skills. In those years he demonstrated ability as a territorial administrator, exhibited a talent for negotiations with Native Americans that...
Chapter Three: The Politics of Command
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By early 1812, Governor William Henry Harrison recognized that, as his political rivals gained control of the territorial legislature, his political career in Indiana was about to end and that, with the territory soon to be admitted into the Union, he was too unpopular to win major elective office...
Chapter Six: The Failed Counteroffensive
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Both the British and American leadership recognized that the critical North American strategic objective was the St. Lawrence lifeline to the lakes. British leadership saw the Midwestern natives as allies that might divert American military efforts away from this vital point. Thus the Indians found a...
Chapter Five: Defending Ohio
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Both sides faced a quandary after the River Raisin battle. Harrison feared Procter and his Indian allies would push southward and attack his troops, who were without winter quarters or fortifications, along the Maumee. Colonel Procter, fearing an American counterattack, decided to withdraw from...
Chapter Six: Invading Canada
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On 10 September 1813, the sound of guns echoed across Lake Erie; the rumble was heard from Detroit to Cleveland. But the outcome of the long-expected naval engagement was unknown to those on shore; even those at Put-in-Bay and the mouth of the Detroit River could not discern from the...
Chapter Seven: The Politics of Victory
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The nation received William Henry Harrison’s triumph on the Thames with great enthusiasm. Some hailed the Eighth Military District commander as the “Washington of the West.” A nation whose army had been humiliated, defeated, and disgraced throughout the previous year now had a general with a...
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Page Count: 328
Illustrations: 1 b&w illus, 1 halftone, 12 maps
Publication Year: 2014