Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The Battle of Point Pleasant October 10, 1774

This battle initiated the so called American Revolutionary War. The number of Anishinabe soldiers who took part in the battle, may have been near 1,000. Originally, the English had raised 2,500 soldiers to invade the Anishinabek Kentucky territory, but far less than that number actually participated in the battle. The number of English soldiers (that includes both groups who separated before the battle was fought) that did participate in the battle, was slightly more than 1,500. Of those two groups of English soldiers, only one actually fought in the battle.

On October 10th, 1774 the Indian soldiers under the leadership of Cornstalk, after finding their enemy, commenced to do battle with them. The beginning of the Battle of Point Pleasant, was evenly fought, but over time Cornstalks soldiers eventually started to get the best of the English. The English would have almost certainly been defeated if not for the arrival of new English reinforcements, who showed up late in the fierce battle. The English had sometime early in the battle, collected a great many trees which they had felled, and commenced to building a defensive work to protect themselves in the fierce battle against Cornstalks soldiers. After several very long hours of fierce fighting, Cornstalk started a gradual retreat of his brave soldiers from the battle. The English reinforcements who arrived late on in the battle, greatly helped the English which was something Cornstalk realized. It was probably in the best interest of his soldiers well being, that he called for the retreat.

The many brave Anishinabe soldiers who participated in the battle, may have wanted to continue fighting in the hopes that eventually the English would be defeated, but Cornstalk and the other leaders, knew the battle would be a long battle, and they also knew that the additional English soldiers (that other group of English soldiers who did not fight in the battle) had arrived to reinforce their fellow English soldiers. Cornstalk had no choice but to retreat from the battle in defeat. His soldiers were greatly outnumbered. Though the Indians had got the best of the English in the Battle of Point Pleasant, it was an English victory. The number of casualties Cornstalks soldiers suffered may have been near 150, of whom, most had been killed. The English had well over 200 casualties, with 75 killed and well over 100 wounded.

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