From a Kentucky Paper

More of the Indian War

Since we penned the above remarks we have received more particular intelligence relative to Indian affairs.  We have it from a quarter which cannot be questioned that Governor Harrison has [ascertained that the presents to the] Indians from [the British in?] the present season are immense, in arms, ammunition,  &c.  More than 1900 Indians are now embodied and reinforcements are daily expected. Harrison's situation is critical, every information relative to his movements is immediately communicated by BRITISH EMISSARIES to the Indians -- some of emissaries reside in VINCENNES -- Governor Harrison has their names. It is expected that the company which left Louisville last week to join Harrison will be intercepted and is indeed singular that a force had not been properly demanded, sufficient to fight their way to camp.

We are informed that Governor Harrison's first orders from the president were to march with the regulars he has under his command together with the militia he could conveniently raise up the Wabash some distance above Vincennes, then to build a fort and dismiss the militia maintain only the regulars -- not to attach the Indians unless attacked. The order we discovered have not been observed and report says that he has lately received new orders from the President.

This is the sum of our late information what men versed in Indian fighting will say to this myth of maintaining peace with the Indians, we cannot exactly say, but had always thought, that this kind of moderation on such an occasion betrayed weakness. As Congress will commence their session next week would it not be prudent that enquiry should be started, illustrative of the English intrigues with the Indians ever since the peace of '83 -- this perhaps would come best from the western members -- (and in our opinion far more important than the correspondence with the British Cabinet;) at least the President cannot fail to recommend this in strong terms in his message. We are then persuaded that the Indian war will be found to be really British. The Savages only allies of GREATER Savages.

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How to cite this article: "More of the Indian War," Louisiana Gazette (St. Louis, Missouri Territory), 7 Dec. 1811, p. 3, available at