William Henry Harrison Memorial

Today (10/31/11) was my last day of Fall Break, and as such, I opted to take two students to the Tippecanoe Battlefield around West Lafayette, Indiana (exit 178 on I-65). It truly was an amazing experience. For those unfamiliar with the Battle of Tippecanoe, I’ll hit the high points. It took place on November 7, 1811, primarily between the forces of William Henry Harrison (Who ran for president under the slogan “Tippecanoe and Tyler too”) and Tecumseh’s tribe, led by his brother “The Prophet.” The Prophet had been instructed to wait for Tecumseh to finish gathering troops, but instead, he sent men out at 4 in the morning, after having had a vision and casting a “spell” so that the white man’s bullets wouldn’t harm the Indians. Despite the surprise attack, William Henry Harrison’s men were able to repulse the attack, and Tecumseh’s tribes would never regain their previous position. It set the tone for the War of 1812, which would begin less than 6 months from this battle.

Beautiful Scenery

It truly was the perfect day away, and I wanted to write about it in case anyone is interested in the 200th anniversary which will take place next weekend. We had an amazing time hiking not only the battlefield, but also the park and surrounding grounds. Additionally, the area has two other interesting features: Prophetstown settlement–a living history area with amazing camping areas and trails to explore–and Wolf Park, where visitors can interact with real wolves. We spent the majority of our day hiking around exploring nature and roaming the battle ground. It is well worth a visit.

Exploring Nature