Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The Battle of St. Michaelís August 10, 1813

This battle was fought near where present day St. Michaels, Maryland is located. A force of brave Anishinabe soldiers had reached the St. Michaels region by August 10, 1813, to carry out military expeditions in that region. Just after midnight on August 10, 1813, the whites in the St. Michaels region spotted the first war canoes carrying Anishinabe soldiers who had landed near a white defensive position (battery) which was prepared for battle. After landing, the Anishinabe soldiers commenced to open fire on the battery using captured cannons and howitzers. They eventually drove the white soldiers at the battery from their defensive position. After capturing the battery, Anishinabe soldiers next attacked the town of St. Michaels but the towns defensive position (battery) was obviously better armed than the one which was captured earlier. After the white soldiers at the towns battery had repeatedly fired upon the Anishinabe soldiers, Anishinabe military commanders gave their soldiers the orders to stop firing their cannons and howitzers, then retreat from the town. They were not capable of capturing the defensive position wrecking havoc on their brave soldiers, so Anishinabe military commanders had no choice but to end their assault on the town. White casualties in the battle were 29 killed, wounded, and captured. This battle was an extension of the Anishinabe military campaign against Washington D.C.

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