The War of 1812: The Beginning Battles

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    The Beginning Battles

  • The Battle of Tippecannoe

    The Battle of Tippecannoe
    This battle took place near present day Indiana. The battle was between by the Shawnee tribe (led by Chief Tecumseh) and U.S. forces (led by Governor William Henry Harrison). Tecumseh's brother, Tenskwatawa (also known as the Prophet) instigated the battle by circling 1,000 U.S troops. The Shawnee forces were outnumbered and had to retreat. Harrison claimed victory!
  • The Invasion of Upper Canada

    U.S. General William Hull led an attack on Canada, near present day Windsor. He led 2,000 men and occupied the town of Sandwich. Soon after, Hull learned of the recent U.S. loss in a recent battle and withdrew from Sandwich on August 2nd.
  • The Capture of Fort Mackenzie

    American Indian forces allied themselves with the British. Together they attacked Fort Mackinac, in Michigan. The U.S. Lieutenant quietely turned over the Fort. This is considered one of the first losses for the U.S. in the War of 1812
  • The Surrender of Fort Detroit

    Major General Isaac Brock opened fire on the fort from across the Detroit River. U.S. General William Hull surrendered before Brock's men crossed the river. Hull and his U.S. troops were captured as prisoners.
  • The Fort Dearborn Massacre

    A band of Potawatomi Indians ambushed Fort Dearborn (present day Chicago), killing 50 Americans, including women and children. The fort was burned to the ground. The attack triggered U.S. retaliatory attacks on Native American villages.