198 Years Ago: The Battle of Tippecanoe


The Tippecanoe Battlefield Monument

Did you learn about ‘Tippecanoe and Tyler too’ in school?  I not only learned about  the slogan but I also got familiar with  the site of the battle that gave William Henry Harrison the nickname Tippecanoe.  The battleground was adjacent to a church camp that I attended several years as a youngster.

The Battle of Tippecanoe came about because of the efforts of two Shawnee indian brothers, Tecumseh and the Prophet.  The Prophet led a spiritual movement to encourage the Indians to return to traditional ways, while Tecumseh worked to form a confederation  among the various tribes.  In 1808 the brothers moved their followers to Prophetstown near the Tippecanoe River in the Indiana Territory.  By 1811 such a large number of natives lived at Prophetstown that white settlers in Ohio and the Indiana Territory demanded that the government do something to proptect them.  William Henry Harrison, governor of the Indiana Territory led an army against Prophetstown in the fall of 1811.

The Prophet, against the advice of Tecumseh who was absent, attacked the Americans after telling his followers that the white’s bullets would not harm them.  The Indians attacked Harrison’s men before daybreak  on the morning of November 7, 1811.  Harrison’s army defeated the Indians, but they suffered heavy losses:  62 men killed and 126 wounded.  The Indian’s losses are not known, but the Americans did drive off the natives and burn Prophetstown to the ground.


The Battle of Tippecanoe

The defeat fatally weakened Tecumseh’s confederation, but Harrison became known as “Old Tippecanoe”.  In 1840 Harrison used his reputation as a successful Indian fighter to  run for President of the United States.  His campaign slogan was “Tippecanoe and Tyler too!”

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14 Responses to “198 Years Ago: The Battle of Tippecanoe”

  1. Hilda Says:

    Thank you for the history lesson — I really know so little about American history. Especially about your many battles. This is such a sad piece of history though.

  2. busy bee suz Says:

    I have never heard this story/history lesson before. Or maybe I did and forgot? Great synopsis George…great photo.

  3. Carol Says:

    Interesting topic!

  4. imac Says:

    Great info George, never heard of him before.

  5. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: Neat history, you did better with this account then trying the ABC’s on Betsy’s blog.

  6. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    Love the history, George! I am familiar with the battle and the area, but you had some details that I didn’t know and I always love to learn something new and particularly about history! Great post!

    Enjoy your day and thanks as always for your visits and kind comments, they’re much appreciated!


  7. MaryBeth Says:

    Great infoas always, George. Although I did read it with sadness for both sides. Love thy brother? MB

  8. Karen Says:

    I had heard of it but didn’t know the details. Thanks for the history lesson.

  9. Cheryl Says:

    I had heard the phrase before but never knew its origin. Thank you for sharing, I do enjoy your history lessons.

  10. Karin Says:

    Very interesting history lesson George! So sad though – all these battles and wars! I had never heard this phrase before either. My boss’ name is Tyler – now let me see how I could use this one day, lol. Thanks always for your visits and encouraging comments. Much appreciated.

  11. Carletta Says:

    I haven’t heard that in years. Now I’m wondering just what it was exactly I learned – a poem, a limmrick…. 🙂
    Gotta put my thinking cap on.

  12. Rose Says:

    I like this shot in B&W–it suits it.

    I was wondering if you had read any of James Alexander Thom’s books–you might like some of them. Panther in the Sky is about Tecumseh and From Sea to Shining Sea is about George Rogers Clark–just a couple of examples.

  13. Cole Says:

    i am doing a report on that in 8th grade

  14. cole Says:

    that is funny how most of you replyed on the same day but diferent year the day the war was fought

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