Wayne, Fort, attack on
, the former at the junction of the St. Joseph's and St. Mary's rivers
, where they formed the Maumee
, and the latter on the Wabash
, were strongholds of the Americans
in the Northwest
in 1812. General Proctor
, in command at Fort Maiden, resolved to reduce them, with the assistance of Tecumseh
, whom Brock
had commissioned a brigadier-general.
, with British regulars and Indians
, was to proceed up the Maumee Valley
to co-operate with other Indians
, and Sept. 1 was appointed as the day when they should invest Fort Wayne
The garrison consisted of only seventy men under Capt. James Rhea
prosecuted raids in other directions to divert attention from Forts Wayne
and prevent their being reinforced.
A scalping-party fell upon the “Pigeon-roost settlement”
in Scott county, Ind.
(Sept. 3), and during the twilight they killed three men, five women, and sixteen children.
Similar atrocities were committed by these allies of the British
preparatory to the investment of Fort Wayne
For several days the Indians had been seen hovering in the woods around the fort, and on the night of Sept. 5 they attacked the sentinels.
The treacherous Miamis
, who, since the massacre at Chicago
, had resolved to join
, kept up a zealous pretence of friendship for the Americans
, hoping by this to get possession of the fort by surprise.
They joined the other Indians
in an attack on the fort on the night of the 6th, supposed to have been 600 strong.
They attempted to scale the palisades, but were driven back.
Then, under the direction of a half-breed, they formed two logs into the shape of cannon, and demanded the instant surrender of the fort, which would be battered down in case of a refusal.
The troops were not frightened.
They knew friends were on their way to relieve them.
The besiegers kept up assaults until the 12th, when they fled precipitately on the approach of a delivering force that night which saved the fort.
had destroyed the live-stock, crops, and dwellings outside of the fort.
The city of Fort Wayne
stands near the spot.