Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The Battle of Matsonís Ford December 11, 1777

Another set back awaited the brave Anishinabe soldiers on December 11, 1777, after they were defeated by a much larger force of white soldiers at the battle at Matsonís Ford. A white military force of around 4,000 soldiers left Philadelphia early that day to carry out foraging expeditions in the surrounding region, but their movements were quickly discovered by the nearby Anishinabek. After learning about the potential danger coming their way, Anishinabe commanders ordered many of their brave soldiers to assemble to set off to defend themselves from the coming onslaught. Once they reached the large white military force a battle commenced which did not go as the Anishinabek had hoped it would. Using their superior weapons and superior numbers, the white military force quickly drove off the Anishinabe military force trying to stop their advance. Many of the Anishinabe soldiers had no choice but to drop their weapons and flee from the white military force battling them. It is not known what the casualties were at the battle at Matsonís Ford. The 1777 Philadelphia Campaign was over and for the next three months no battles occurred. Winter had set in. The tide of the war had now turned. The whites would now bring the war to the Anishinabek of the Ohio country, as they had intended on doing all along.

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