Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The Second Battle of Sackett’s Harbor May 28-29, 1813

This battle was fought near where present day Sackett’s Harbor, New York is situated. Just before the Anishinabe naval fleet landed near Sackett’s Harbor on May 28, 1813, they noticed the approach of several vessels which proved to be barges loaded with supplies intended to be dropped off at Sackett’s Harbor. Instead of launching their assault on Sackett’s Harbor, the Anishinabek instead captured 12 of the barges, including 115 sailors and the supplies the barges carried. Back at Sackett’s Harbor, the whites knew what was occurring on the surrounding lake, then commenced to fortifying their positions. In all, the white soldiers numbered 2,970 in the Sackett’s Harbor region, which sheltered two forts. Those two forts were Fort Volunteer and Fort Tompkins. On the next day (May 29, 1813) the Anishinabe soldiers launched their assault on the white settlement, while being heavily bombarded by the whites. Through the continuous bombarding, the Anishinabe soldiers somehow managed to land all of their soldiers in the Sackett’s Harbor region. They obviously had their own cannons and howitzers.

After they successfully landed they then commenced to advance upon the white soldiers who, instead of fighting, abandoned their weapons (some of their big guns) to flee. They fled to some nearby blockhouses and the recently constructed fortified positions to attempt to defend themselves from the quickly approaching Anishinabe soldiers. For quite a long time the white soldiers were capable of preventing the Anishinabe soldiers from dislodging them from their fortified positions. After fighting the whites who were hiding behind their fortified positions, Anishinabe commanders quickly grew tired of the battle neither side could manage to win, then ordered their soldiers to commence a retreat. At Fort Tompkins, the Anishinabe soldiers had earlier used their big guns to drive the white soldiers from the fort. On orders given by their commander some white soldiers commenced to destroying (probably the main reason the Anishinabe soldiers were there) large supplies of their weapons and ammunition. In the major battle the white casualties were 69 killed, 279 wounded, and 154 white soldiers captured who were either killed later on or enslaved. Overall, the Anishinabe military campaign was successful. They captured large quantities of supplies the 12 barges carried, and a few cannons of the whites.

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