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1812 BATTLEFIELD


 
		THIS SIGN HAS BEEN ERECTED AT THE SITE OF THE BATTLE
		BY THE BATTLEFIELD SOCIETY - 1988
		
On Dec. 17, 1812, Lt. Colonel John B. Campbell with 600 mounted troops arrived at this site under orders to destroy the Miami Indian Villages along the Mississinewa River from here to the present site of Peru.

The destruction of the village on this site resulted in the loss of the lives of two soldiers and eight Indians.

Following the attack here, Campbell's force proceeded two miles down the river and destroyed two more villages before returning here to camp for the night. Shortly before dawn on December 18, a force of Miami Indians attacked Campbell's camp. The two hour battle resulted in 10 soldiers being killed and 48 wounded. Approximately 40 Miami and Delaware Indians gave their lives in the defense of their lands. Having over 100 of his horses killed and fearing a second attack, Campbell ordered his troops to return to Fort Greenville late in the afternoon of the 18th. This action was one of the first ordered by General William Henry Harrison during the War of 1812.

THIS STONE WAS ERECTED FOR THE INDIANS THAT GAVE THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT THEIR HOMES AND FAMILIES.
			Here in December 17 - 18, 1812
			Approximately 48 members of the
			Miami and Delaware Indian nations
			Gave their lives in defense of their 
			homes, families and lands.

			"Their canoes have vanished
			Their forests fallen silent.
			But their name is on your waters
			Ye may not wash it out.
					- Lydia Huntley Sigourney

					Mississinewa Battlefield Society 1988




 1812 Battlefield Soldiers

Bedford,
	Pvt. Thomas  "Kentucky Volunteers"
		"In memory of - War of 1812  Dec. 18, 1812"
Brown,
	Pvt. Beverly  "Kentucky Volunteers"
		"In memory of - War of 1812  Dec. 18, 1812"
Carnahan,
	Pvt. Thomas  "Kentucky Volunteers"
		"In memory of - War of 1812  Dec. 18, 1812"
Cunningham,
	Pvt. Daniel  "Ohio Volunteers"
		"In memory of - War of 1812  Dec. 18, 1812"
Griffin,
	Pvt. James  "Pennsylvania Volunteer Light Dragoons"
		"In memory of - War of 1812  Dec. 18, 1812"
Lansing,
	Pvt. Francis  "Pennsylvania Volunteers"
		"In memory of - War of 1812  Dec. 18, 1812"
Piatt,
	Pvt. Salem  "Kentucky Volunteers"
		"In memory of - War of 1812  Dec. 18, 1812"
Pierce,
	Capt. Bennoni  "Ohio Volunteers"
		"In memory of - War of 1812  Dec. 18, 1812"
Scott,
	Pvt. William  "Kentucky Volunteers"
		"In memory of - War of 1812  Dec. 18, 1812"
Smith,
	Sgt. Thomas  "Kentucky Volunteers"
		"In memory of - War of 1812  Dec. 18, 1812"
Waltz,
	2nd Lt. Daniel  "Pennsylvania Volunteers"
		"In memory of - War of 1812  Dec. 18, 1812"
Wright,
	Sgt. James  "U.S. Light Dragoons"
		"In memory of - War of 1812  Dec. 18, 1812"
		
NOTE:

I am including the following pages from a report on the Battle of Mississineway, because of a number of discrepancies I found while reading the stones erected at the battle site. This return was made by John Payne, 1st Lt. Ky. V.L.D. and adjt. to Detachment.

RETURN OF THE BATTLE OF MISSISSINEWAY
The following is a true statement of the killed and wounded in the Battle of Mississineway on the morning of the 18th Instant and in the skirmish on the 17th viz:


On the  17th 	In Captain Hopkins troops U.S.L.D.
		Sergeant 	James Wright, killed

		In Captain Elmores troop Ky. Vol. L.D.
		Sergeant 	Thos. Smith, wounded,
					since dead.

On the 18th  	In Captain Hopkins troops U.S.L.D.
		1st Lieut. 	James Hedges, slightly.
		Privates  	Thomas Robinson, badly
				John Holcroft
				John May, slightly
				John Tarn, badly
				Thos. Salsbury, badly

		In Capt. Marcles troop 12 mos.
			Penn. V.L.D.
		2nd Lieut.	Danl. Waltz, killed
		Private		Jas. Griffin, killed
		Corp.		Henry Breneman, badly
		Corp. 		Robert Skilly, slightly
		Saddler		James Smith, slightly
		Privates	Thompson Carnahan, mortally,
					since dead
				Robt. Campbell, dangerously
				Findlay Carnahan, badly
				Wm. Logue, slightly
				Jos. Chambers, badly
				Jas. Selby, slightly
				Thomas Porter badly
				John McCarmon, badly
				Robt. Cooper, slightly
				David Braden, slightly
				Jno. Bennett, slightly

 		In Capt. Garrards Troop 12 mos. K.V.L.D.
			Privates	Thomas Bedford, killed
					Beverly Brown, killed
			1st Lieut.	Edw. Baysey, slightly
			2nd Lieut.	David Hickman, slightly
			Qr. M. Sergeant
					Strother J. Hawkins, slightly
			Sergeant	G. Edwards, slightly
			Farrier 	J. McConnell, slightly
					Henry Willson
					Moses Richardson
					Thomas Easton, badly
					Wm. Scott, mortally
					Thomas Webster


		In Capt. Pierces troop 6 mos. Ohio V.L.D.

			Capt. 		Bennoni Pierce, killed
			Privates	Daniel Cunningham, killed
					Willm. Monroe, wounded

		In Lieut. Warrens troop Penna.  A.L.D. 
					Cornet Greer, wounded

		In Cornet Lee's Troop 12 mos. Michigan V.L.D.
			Privates	David Hull, wounded
					Michael McDermot, wounded
					Cyrus Hunter, wounded

		In Capt. Trotters Troop 6 mos. Ky. V.L.D.
			Captn. 		Geo Trotter Jr., slightly
			1st Sergt. 	Byrd Smith, badly
			1st Corpl.	Henry Riddle, dangerously
					Samuel Peyatt, (Piatt), mortally, since dead
					David Steele, slightly

		In Captain Elliotts Company U.S. Infty.
			Privates	Walter McAllister, wounded
					Henry Watters, wounded
					Thomas Wittington, wounded		

 		In Captain Butlers (Pitts:) Blues 12 mos. V. Infty
			Private 	Francis Lansing, killed
			Corp. 		E. Elliott, wounded
			Corp.		Reid, wounded
			Private 	Isaac Chess, wounded
					Jos. Dodd, wounded

		Killed	Captains______________________	1
			2nd Lieut._____________________	1
			Sergts._______________________	1	
			Privates______________________	5
		Total killed in action			8

		Died of their wounds since the action  	2
		Total_______________________________10

		Wounded 	Captains____________________	1
				1 Lts.______________________	2
				2 Lts.______________________	1
				Cornets_____________________	1
				Q.M. Sergts._________________	1
				Sergts.______________________	3
				Corp._______________________	5
				Saddlers_____________________	1
				Farriers______________________	1
				Privates______________________  32		
		Total wounded in action			        48

	A report of the number rendered unfit for duty by being frost bitten as appears from 
the reports of the morning of the 29th Inst. Viz.

		In Major Balls squadron 		107
		Col. Simralls Regt.			138
		Infantry and Riflemen			 58
		Total					303			

	(Signed)  JOHN PAYNE, 1st Lt. Ky. V.L.D. and adjt. to Detachment



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