By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (November 7, 2022) – In Issue 2022-197 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we are celebrating a historic frontier battle.

Tyler Too

The Battle of Tippecanoe was fought on November 7, 1811 in what was then called Indiana Territory. 

American forces were led by William Henry Harrison, who was Governor of the Territory, and the Native Americans, mostly Shawnee, associated with Tecumseh and his brother, Tenskwatawa.

The skirmish lasted about 2 hours and became the classic example of the Native American attempt to organize and fight off the American takeover of the western lands.  Harrison’s victory left the losers with no supplies for the winter and virtually put a halt to frontier uprisings against the incoming settlers.

Tippecanoe became Harrison’s nickname.  In fact, rather than remembering the battle, most people probably recall Harrison’s campaign slogan, “Tippecanoe and Tyler too,” used for his 1840 presidential campaign.

This colorful map of Indiana, with its counties color-coded, is by Greenleaf and it was issued 31 years after the battle.

Indiana Map – 1842 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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