Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The Battle of Ogdensburg February 22, 1813

Ogdensburg, New York and Prescott, Ontario, were very important white settlements the Anishinabek obviously focused much of their attention on early in the war. They knew the white settlements had considerable amounts of weapons and ammunition, as well as food supplies. On several occasions the Algonquin’s launched raids on the settlements to attempt to capture weapons and ammunition, which led to the whites keeping a careful eye out for marauding Anishinabe soldiers. On February 22, 1813, a large force of brave Anishinabe soldiers launched a surprise attack on the fort near Ogdensburg. In the fort were 770 white soldiers. When the white soldiers began to notice movements of several Algonquin soldiers on the frozen Saint Lawrence, they began to start thinking about another possible Anishinabe raid on the towns weapons, ammunition, and food supplies. However, instead of another raid the Anishinabe soldiers attacked the fort situated near Ogdensburg, then forced the white soldiers to flee to Ogdensburg. After capturing the fort the Anishinabe soldiers next attacked the town of Ogdensburg, which was where the scores of white soldiers fled to. As the battle raged on around Ogdensburg, the white soldiers morale began to deteriorate then they unanimously agreed to abandon Ogdensburg. After capturing Ogdensburg, the Anishinabe soldiers gathered the weapons and ammunition of the former white soldiers who lived there, then headed back to their headquarters. White casualties were 127 killed and wounded. Since the year previous, Anishinabe military commanders had repeatedly launched raids on the Ogdensburg and Prescott region, in the hopes of capturing large quantities of weapons and ammunition. They were obviously not disappointed with the outcome of the February 22, 1813 battle.

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