Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The Battle of Fort Stephenson August 2, 1813

This battle was fought at where present day Sandusky County, Ohio is situated. Although the Three Fires Confederation had inflicted a major defeat on the whites soldiers at Fort Meigs earlier in the year, they did not capture the strongly built white military fortification. They again attempted to fool the white soldiers out of Fort Meigs in June of 1813, but the white soldiers hiding in Fort Meigs, dared not to leave the safety of their fortification. At this time (August 2, 1813) the Anishinabek were still agreeing for another assault on Fort Meigs, but they also knew about another newly constructed white fort named Fort Stephenson, located not too far from Fort Meigs, that they wanted to eradicate. In Fort Stephenson were around 160 white soldiers, and around the Fort Stephenson region were scores of other white soldiers the Anishinabek probably didnít know about. After reaching the fort the brave Anishinabe soldiers commenced to fire upon the fort using their cannons and howitzers they had captured from the whites earlier.

However, the bombardment had little effect, which led to the Anishinabe commanders ordering more bombardments to occur. That also had little effect so Anishinabe commanders then ordered their brave soldiers to attempt to climb their way into the white fort and that is when the white soldiers who were only a few miles from the fort, stormed in to attack the Anishinabe soldiers. It was a terrible defeat the brave Anishinabe soldiers endured at Fort Stephenson. They lost nearly 100 brave soldiers killed that day attempting to capture Fort Stephenson. The war occurring in northern Ohio was not going well for the Anishinabek by this time. They were putting forth great efforts to dislodge the white soldiers from their forts but little was accomplished. After losing the battle at Fort Stephenson, Anishinabe military commanders probably began to focus more of their attention on their southern Michigan lands and their lands in Ontario. The whites in Ohio and Kentucky began to raise larger number of white soldiers up, to fight the Anishinabe people of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Ontario, and Quebec, and it would eventually turn the tide of the war.

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