Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana
Battle of Craney Island June 22, 1813 - September 15, 1814
There was still a few Anishinabek living in the Virginia region in the very early 19th century, and they were capable of supporting the northern Anishinabe military when they decided to destroy the new unwanted capital of the United States Colony of England. It had to be one of the main Anishinabe military objectives of that war they knew they would lose. One of the goals of the Anishinabek was to prevent white ships from entering the Potomac, which led straight to Washington D.C. The Anishinabek obviously had plans for launching attacks on the unwanted white symbol located at Washington D.C., and The Battle of Craney Island, which was fought on June 22, 1813, was only an extension of those Anishinabe raids. A force of white soldiers were stationed at a fortification located on Craney Island on June 22, 1813, when a large force of brave Anishinabe soldiers sailing in their naval fleet, landed on the islands western shores, then commenced to battle the white soldiers hidden within the fort on the island. Unable to dominate at that location, Anishinabe military commanders then ordered their soldiers to move towards the islands eastern shores. After reaching the islands eastern shores, the Anishinabe soldiers again had no luck dislodging the white soldiers from their fort, then retreated in defeat, to the nearby town of Hampton, Virginia, where they destroyed the town. Over 100 casualties were endured by both sides at the battle and massacre that occurred at Hampton, Virginia. In the south, the Anishinabe Confederation were still numerous but most had fled to the Caribbean Islands, South America, and towards the west during the late 18th century. However, they did fight in this war, though their participation was not as great as that of the Northern Anishinabe Confederations.