Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The Siege of Fort Henry September 1, 1777

This military siege occurred in what is now the State of West Virginia. Fort Henry was built by Lord Dunmore soon after the English military commander started this war. On the night of August 31, 1777, a force of Anishinabe soldiers reached the region where Fort Henry was located, then they launched an assault on the English fortification early the next day. They evidently demanded of the white forts inhabitants to surrender but they refused the offer. A couple of small contingents of English soldiers actually left the safety of the fort, to patrol the immediate region surrounding the fort, only to be attacked by the brave soldiers of the Anishinabek. Of the 27 English soldiers who left the fort, 21 were killed. After defeating the two contingents of English soldiers, the Anishinabek attempted to burn the unwanted white fortified settlement down but it failed. They left soon afterwards. This battle was bad news to Anishinabe ogimak. They knew the whites were now forcing their way ever more westwards. However, they continued to send their brave soldiers to the New York City and Philadelphia regions.

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