Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The Battle of Wildcat Creek November 22, 1812

This battle was fought near where present day Wildcat Creek, Indiana is situated. A couple of days before the battle was fought, a large force of white soldiers numbering over 1,250, had been ordered by their commanders to launch military raids on the Anishinabek of the Illinois region. They did destroy a Kickapoo village located next to Peoria Lake. They then targeted the region where the village of Tippecanoe (Prophetstown) was located again. After reaching the Tippecanoe region the white soldiers discovered that the village had been partially rebuilt. However, from their scouts, the Anishinabek learned of the approaching force of white soldiers and evacuated the village. At a nearby Kickapoo village, the Kickapoo also fled before the white soldiers advanced upon their village. After they reached the villages the white soldiers destroyed them. On November 22, 1812, the white soldiers were fooled into a clever plot to destroy them. They spotted one lone Indian on a nearby hilltop then chased after him. They were led into an ambush however. Once the 60 or so white soldiers had entered a canyon, the Anishinabe soldiers launched their ambush. Within a few minutes the white soldiers had no choice but to flee from the scene. Around 18 white soldiers were killed or wounded at the battle. After the battle the Anishinabek of the Illinois region assembled a force of thousands of soldiers to battle the large force of white soldiers laying waste to their settlements. However, an intense arctic front moved in and that cancelled the planned military campaigns of both the Indians and whites.

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