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Slaget ved Fallen Timbers var det siste slaget mellom indianerne og USA om kontrollen over Nordvestterritoriet. Striden endte med klar seier til USA, og markerte slutten på de store urolighetene i området frem til «Tecumsehs krig» og slaget ved... Read more ...

20 August 1794

Slaget ved Fallen Timbers
Slaget ved Fallen Timbers var det siste slaget mellom indianerne og USA om kontrollen over Nordvestterritoriet. Striden endte med klar seier til USA, og markerte slutten på de store urolighetene i området frem til «Tecumsehs krig» og slaget ved Tippecanoe i 1811.

I slaget ved Fallen Timbers, som fant sted i nåværende Maumee i Ohio, møttes general «Mad» Anthony Waynes soldater fra «the Legion of the United States» en styrke shawnee- og delaware-indianerne under høvdingene Blue Jacket og Buckongahelas. Slaget endte ganske raskt. Waynes infanteri gikk til angrep med bajonetten, mens kavaleriet angrep i flankene. Indianerne flyktet til det britiskkontrollerte Fort Miami, men britene nektet å åpne portene og hjelpe i frykt for å starte en krig mot USA.

Amerikanerne brukte de neste dagene på å ødelegge indianerlandsbyer og avlinger. Wayne hadde 30 døde og 100 sårede. De hvite fant 30 døde indianere. Sannsynligvis var de reelle tapstallene langt høyere.




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