Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The Second Battle of Mackinac Island July 26 - August 4, 1814

This battle was fought near where present day Mackinac Island, Michigan is located. That region of the Anishinabe country was extremely important and had been an important Anishinabe location since the 16th century, when the wars against the whites commenced. Earlier in the war, the fort was captured by the enraged Anishinabek who captured the forts weapons and ammunition supplies, then probably left the fort alone afterwards, under their careful watch that is. In late May of 1814, the whites were mounting their forces in the Niagara Falls region, the western Quebec region, and the northern Ohio region to attempt to end the war against the Anishinabek. One of their goals was to attempt to recapture Fort Mackinac. On May 18, 1814, a force of 152 white soldiers snuck their way back into the Fort Mackinac region, to either repair the fort or rebuild the fort. A few weeks after the small white military force had snuck their way back into the Fort Mackinac region, another larger force of white soldiers under William Henry Harrison’s instructions, reached the forts location by sailing Lake Huron.

They numbered over 700. Harrison also was responsible for the events which occurred a few days earlier at Prairie du Chien, and in fact, both military engagements were part of the same military expedition. After Anishinabe ogimak discovered that the fort had been reoccupied, they ordered scores of their brave soldiers to head for the island to attempt to recapture the unwanted white fort. On July 26, 1814, those Anishinabe soldiers had reached the fort then commenced to bombard the fort with the remaining cannons they had captured earlier in the war. The battle turned into a long siege. After ten days of trying to recapture the fort from the obviously better armed white soldiers, Anishinabe military commanders ordered their brave soldiers to lift the siege, then they left the region. White casualties in the long siege were 14 killed and 52 wounded.

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