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Wayne, Fort, attack on

Forts Wayne and Harrison, 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. Major Muir, 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. The Indians prosecuted raids in other directions to divert attention from Forts Wayne and Harrison and prevent their being reinforced. A scalping-party fell upon the “Pigeon-roost settlement”

Map of Fort Wayne and vicinity.

[252] 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

Fort Wayne.

the British, 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. The Indians had destroyed the live-stock, crops, and dwellings outside of the fort. The city of Fort Wayne stands near the spot.

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