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STORY OF ANOTHER PIONEER

BY C. B. STEBBINS
June 7, 1882.

Jackson was the father of the modern Democratic party, and Van Buren was his political child; and as such, was elected. His party, young and compact, went for him to a man, while the opposition was divided on four candidates. In 1840 the Whigs were united, and re-nominated Gen. Harrison, and put on the ticket with him for Vice President, John Tyler, of Virginia, as the price of Southern support. November 7, 1811, Gen. Harrison, with 900 men, was encamped near the Indian town of Tippecanoe in western Indiana, and at daybreak was attacked by a large army of Indians. The battle was ended in less than two hours, but was fought with desperation on both sides. The Indians fought bravely in the open field, and would doubtless have been victorious, but for the valor and ability of. Gen. Harrison. He captured their village, and burnt it, with everything he could not carry away. The next year war was declared against Great Britain. Forts were erected at various points, and among them' one named Fort Meigs, on the south bank of the Maumee, a mile above the present city of Perrysburg. The British had one on the other side of the river, where the city of Maumee stands. Fort Meigs was made a depot for supplies for the army of the west, for the next campaign, in 1813, against Canada. In the spring of that year troops were gathering for that purpose, and Gen. Harrison was at Fort Meigs, with a few men, waiting for the completion of the fleet with which Perry was expected to get possession of the Lake. In April, Gen. Proctor, of infamous memory, with his more honorable ally Tecumseh, appeared before the fort with about 3, 000 British and Indians. For five days they bombarded the fort in vain. On the 4th of May, Gen. Green Clay arrived with 1, 200 men, and on the 5th a desperate battle ensued. Gen. Harrison held the fort, and on the 9th the enemy disappeared, and returned whence they came, to Maiden.

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