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INDIANA HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS
Brigade Orders
Encampment at Prairie Grove, Nov. 3rd, 1811

Burton, Historical Collection, 176

Brigade Orders

With the approbation of His Excellency the Commander in Chief, George Croughan[1] Esq. is appointed volunteer-aid-de-Camp to the acting Brigader General. All orders therefore delivered through him will be obeyed and respected according.

Signed, Jno. P. Boyd Col. 4th Regt. Infy. C. D.

The Battle of Tippecanoe[2] [Nov 7, 1811]

Dawson, Harrison, 204-208

McAfee, The Late War, 22 seq

On the evening of the 5th November, the army encamped at the distance of nine or ten miles from the prophet's tovn. It was ascertained that the approach of the army had been discovered before it reached Pine creek. The traces of reconnoitring parties were very often seen, but no Indians were discovered until the troops arrived within five or six miles of the town on the 6th of November. The interpreters were then placed with the advanced guard, to endeavor to open a communication with them. The Indians would, however, return no answer to the invitations that were made to them for that purpose, but continued to insult our people by their gestures. Within about three miles of the town, the ground became broken by ravines and covered with timber. The utmost precaution became necessary, and every difficult pass was examined by the mounted riflemen before the army was permitted to enter it. The ground being unfit for the operation of the squadron of dragoons, they were thrown in the rear. Through the whole march, the precaution had been used of changing the disposition of the different corps, that each might have the ground best suited to its' operations. Within about two miles

  1. George Croghan was a member of one of the pioneer families of the west. His home was at Louisville. He volunteered for this expedition along with Jo. Daviess, John OFallon, and other young Kentuckians. He later became a hero of the army and won a congressional medal for the defence of Fort Stephenson. O. Died Jan. 8, 1849.
  2. This description of the battle is taken from Robert McAfee, History of the Late War, and may be considered as the work of General Harrison. He not only furnished the substance to the author but in 1824 when Moses Dawson wrote his narrative this was quoted with the approval of General Harrison. The same facts are found in the National Intelligencer, Mar. 4, 1817. Following this there will be a number of descriptions of the battle, without the usual regard for chronological sequence.