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Definition: Thames, Battle of the from Rourke's Native American History & Culture Encyclopedia

occurred in 1813 in the War of 1812 between Americans and the British allied with Tecumseh's Shawnee warriors. On the Thames River in present-day Ontario, Tecumseh's force fought U.S. Army troops led by William Henry Harrison. British soldiers led by Colonel Henry Proctor retreated when the attack began. Harrison's men won the battle, during which Tecumseh died. The battle ended Native American resistance in the Old Northwest.

See also: Tecumseh and War of 1812


Summary Article: Thames, Battle of the
From Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

(Oct. 5, 1813) Decisive U.S. victory over the British in the War of 1812. After the British defeat in the Battle of Lake Erie, U.S. troops under Gen. William H. Harrison pursued retreating British soldiers across the Ontario peninsula. The British force of 600 regulars and 1,000 Indians under Tecumseh met 3,500 U.S. troops at the Thames River near Moraviantown, Ont. The outnumbered British were quickly defeated, and Tecumseh was killed. The U.S. victory ended the Indian alliance with the British and made Harrison a national hero.

Event: Thames, Battle of the

Dates: 1813-10-05

Definition: battle (military operation)

Significance: land warfare

Related Event: 1812, War of

Related Place: United Kingdom, Canada, Ontario, United States

Keywords: United Kingdom, Thamesville, Canada, Ontario, Thames, Battle of the, Battle of the Thames, battle, 1812, War of, land warfare, United States, Shawnee

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