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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Harrison, William Henry 1773-1812 (search)
tachment to relieve Fort Wayne (q. v.). At Piqua Harrison was joined by mounted volunteers under Johg Indians with terror by a display of power. Harrison divided the army. One detachment of mountedand gardens. General Winchester arrived at Harrison's camp on Sept. 18, when the latter resigned The troops almost mutinied, for they revered Harrison. The latter returned to St. Mary to collect ed expedition against Detroit was postponed. Harrison was much annoyed, but prosecuted his plans wiand a small artillery and cavalry force. Yet Harrison determined to press on to the rapids and beyo were concentrated there, and in March (1813) Harrison sent a small force, under Captain Langham, toaac Shelby, then governor of Kentucky, joined Harrison at Camp Seneca, with about 4,000 mounted volu M. Johnson's troop was among Shelby's men. Harrison was rejoiced to see them come. Perry had secof the territory. Soon after his victory General Harrison resigned his commission. Inaugural Add[6 more...]
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Harrison, Fort, Ind. (search)
Harrison, Fort, Ind. A defensive post on the Wabash River, near Terre Haute, Ind. At the very hour when the Pigeon Roost massacre occurred (see Wayne, Fort), two young haymakers were killed and scalped near Fort Harrison. The Prophet (see Elkswatawa) at Tippecanoe was still busy stirring up the Indians against the white people. The garrison of Fort Harrison was commanded by Capt. Zachary Taylor (afterwards President of the United States), who was just recovering from a severe illness. He had been warned by friendly Indians to be on his guard. His garrison was weak, for of the fifty men who composed it not more than a dozen were exempt from the prevailing fever. Only two non-commissioned officers and six privates could mount guard at the same time. In the presence of impending danger some of the convalescents went upon duty freely. At midnight on Sept. 4, 1812, the Indians stealthily approached the fort and set fire to one of the block-houses, which contained the stores of