Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The Battle of Red Bank October 5 - November 25, 1777

After winning the battle at Germantown, the whites began to reoccupy or build new forts in the Philadelphia region. A little over two weeks after losing the battle at Germantown, Pennsylvania, the brave Anishinabe soldiers got into another major battle with the whites but won the battle. A force of 1,600 white soldiers were just south of Philadelphia, near the Delaware river in Fort Mercer, which was recently probably reoccupied by the whites. Either the large force of white soldiers left the protection of their fortification to give battle to the force of brave Anishinabe soldiers outside the fort, or they remained within the fort as history indicates. After learning of the approach of the Anishinabe military force, the white commanders in Fort Mercer ordered a force of 1,600 of their soldiers to leave their fortification to give battle to the brave Anishinabe soldiers. It is likely the white commanders thought that by sending a large force of their soldiers out to battle the force of Anishinabe soldiers and defeat them, it would lead to the Anishinabe leaders finally agreeing to withdraw from the Philadelphia region.

Anyway, after the two forces commenced to battle, the brave Anishinabe soldiers eventually overwhelmed the white military force which forced them out of the battle. White casualties at the battle were 96 killed, 251 wounded, and 60 captured then probably later on killed. The battle occurred on October 22, 1777. Though the Anishinabek were victorious they were in dire need of a miracle and they knew it. They remained near Fort Mercer well into November. On November 10, 1777, the whites opened up a bombardment from Fort Mifflin, on a force of Anishinabe soldiers who were attempting to eradicate the white presence in that fort. For five days the whites repeatedly bombarded the brave Anishinabe soldiers and that includes from white warships, with a never ending supply of modern day weapons of war. After five days of attempting to force the whites to capitulate, the brave Anishinabe soldiers decided to lift their siege and left the region where Fort Mifflin was located. White casualties at the siege at Fort Mifflin were 287.

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