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Near Marion in Grant County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Mississinewa Battlefield

 
 
Mississinewa Battlefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 1, 2007
1. Mississinewa Battlefield Marker
Inscription. On Dec. 17, 1812, Lt. Colonel John B. Campbell with 600 mounted troops arrived at this site under orders to destroy the Miami Indian Villages along the Mississinewa River from here to the present site of Peru. The destruction of the village on this site resulted in the loss of the lives of two soldiers and eight Indians. Following the attack here, Campbell's force proceeded two miles down the river and destroyed two more villages before returning here to camp for the night. Shortly before dawn on December 18, a force of Miami Indians attacked Campbell's camp. The two hour battle resulted in 10 soldiers being killed and 48 wounded. Approximately 40 Miami and Delaware Indians gave their lives in the defense of their lands. Having over 100 of his horses killed and fearing a second attack, Campbell ordered his troops to return to Fort Greenville late in the afternoon of the 18th. This action was one of the first ordered by General William Henry Harrison during the War of 1812.
 
Erected 1988 by The Battlefield Society.
 
Location. 40° 37.797′ N, 85° 44.107′ W. Marker is near Marion, Indiana, in Grant County. Marker can be reached from County Road 308W 0.7 miles south of County Road W600N, on the right when traveling
Mississinewa Battlefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 1, 2007
2. Mississinewa Battlefield Marker
south. Touch for map. The markers and graves are off of the road, on a gravel road. Just past the trees, you will find the Mississinewa River. Marker is in this post office area: Marion IN 46952, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Miami Indian Cemetery (approx. ¾ mile away); Battle of Mississinewa (approx. 1.5 miles away); Miami Indian Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); Metocinyah's Village (approx. 2.1 miles away); New Purchase Boundary (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marion.
 
Regarding Mississinewa Battlefield.  
(Photo 3: Monument to the Indians)
Here on December 17 - 18, 1812, approximately 48 members of the Miami and Delaware Indian nations gave their lives in defense of their homes, families and lands.

Their canoes have vanished
Their forests fallen silent.
But their name is on your waters
Ye may not wash it out.

—Lydia Huntley Sigourney

Mississinewa Battlefield Society 1988

(Photo 4: Monument to the U.S. Troops)
Here on December 17-18 1812, twelve members of Lt. Col. John B. Campbell’s command gave their lives in the Campaign against the Indian villages of the Mississinewa
Marker placed in honor of the Indians image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 1, 2007
3. Marker placed in honor of the Indians
in the War of 1812.

(Photo 7: Soldiers’ Grave Inscriptions)
• Bedford, Pvt. Thomas “Kentucky Volunteers” • “In memory of - War of 1812 Dec. 18, 1812”
• Brown, Pvt. Beverly “Kentucky Volunteers” • “In memory of - War of 1812 Dec. 18, 1812”
• Carnahan, Pvt. Thomas “Kentucky Volunteers” • “In memory of - War of 1812 Dec. 18, 1812”
• Cunningham, Pvt. Daniel “Ohio Volunteers” • “In memory of - War of 1812 Dec. 18, 1812”
• Griffin, Pvt. James “Pennsylvania Volunteer Light Dragoons” • “In memory of - War of 1812 Dec. 18, 1812”
• Lansing, Pvt. Francis “Pennsylvania Volunteers” • “In memory of - War of 1812 Dec. 18, 1812”
• Piatt, Pvt. Salem “Kentucky Volunteers” • “In memory of - War of 1812 Dec. 18, 1812”
• Pierce, Capt. Bennoni “Ohio Volunteers” • “In memory of - War of 1812 Dec. 18, 1812”
• Scott, Pvt. William “Kentucky Volunteers” • “In memory of - War of 1812 Dec. 18, 1812”
• Smith, Sgt. Thomas “Kentucky Volunteers” • “In memory of - War of 1812 Dec. 18, 1812”
• Waltz, 2nd Lt. Daniel “Pennsylvania Volunteers” • “In memory of - War of 1812 Dec. 18, 1812”
• Wright,
Monument placed in honor of the U.S. Troops image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 1, 2007
4. Monument placed in honor of the U.S. Troops
Sgt. James “U.S. Light Dragoons” • “In memory of - War of 1812 Dec. 18, 1812”
 
Also see . . .  Lydia Huntley Sigourney (1791–1865 ). (Submitted on July 7, 2007.)
 
Categories. Native AmericansWar of 1812Wars, US Indian
 
Monument to the troops image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 1, 2007
5. Monument to the troops
The Indian marker image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 1, 2007
6. The Indian marker
Graves of the U.S. soldiers who lost their lives. image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 1, 2007
7. Graves of the U.S. soldiers who lost their lives.
Mississinewa River, below the battle site (½ mile) image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, April 25, 2008
8. Mississinewa River, below the battle site (½ mile)
Mississinewa Battlefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 8, 2011
9. Mississinewa Battlefield Marker
View to southwest from parking area
U.S. Troops and Indian Nations Monuments image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 8, 2011
10. U.S. Troops and Indian Nations Monuments
As viewed from the Mississinewa Battlefield marker. U.S. Troops monument is on the left, and the Indian Nations monument is on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2007, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. This page has been viewed 5,214 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 2, 2007, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana.   8. submitted on April 30, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana.   9, 10. submitted on January 16, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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