Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The Battle of Staten Island August 22, 1777

From their scouts, the Anishinabek eventually learned that the English were going to soon make an approach to Philadelphia to attempt to free the city from their grip. Anishinabe commanders ordered many of their brave soldiers to reach the Staten Island region (it is a few miles south of New York City) to make raids on the English military and civilian population. Their goals were to cause as much damage as they could inflict, and to attempt to steal the weapons of their English enemy. During an encounter at Staten Island, a large group of brave Anishinabe soldiers battled their better armed white enemy near a ferry crossing known as Old Blazing Star. In the battle, 424 white soldiers were either killed, wounded or captured. Knowing how the situation was between the Indians and whites, the white captives of the Indians were likely killed later. Though the Anishinabe soldiers had inflicted much damage, they were not capable of stopping the English from attempting to reach the Philadelphia region.

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