Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The Battle of the Rice Boats March 2-3, 1776

March 2-3, 1776, were busy days for the southern Anishinabek. Not only were the southern Anishinabek fighting a war against the English in the Bahamas during these two days, they were also fighting another battle against the English on the Savannah river, between the present border of Georgia and South Carolina. On March 2, 1776, a force of brave Anishinabe soldiers attacked merchant ships carrying stores of rice and stole the ships entire cargo of rice. In response to the raid, a force of 1,100 English white soldiers from Georgia and South Carolina, were ordered to attempt to recover the stolen cargo the next day. In the fiasco that followed several more white ships were destroyed as a result of poor planning. In all, 5 English ships were destroyed, and much rice was stolen as were probably large stores of weapons and the more important ingredient, gunpowder.

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