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St. Clair's Expedition
November 13, 1791. Manuscript document signed by Major George M. Bedinger (<I>"GMB"</I>), two pages (one leaf), 7.5" x 8.25", Fort Washington, Northwest Territory, November 13, 1791; a few fold splits, edges frayed, some light staining. An important list of officers and soldiers killed by Miami Indians during St. Clair's disastrous expedition of 1791. The return is for the companies in Major George M. Bedinger's Winchester battalion of sharpshooters. According to Colonel Winthrop Sargent, the Second U. S. Regiment, Butler's and Bedinger's battalions, the artillery and cavalry took the heaviest losses on 4 November (Guthman, March to Massacre, p. 238). The return lists 114 casualties, 50 wounded, and 113 arms lost. Lost from the ranks of officers were two captains, two ensigns, a lieutenant, and an adjutant. The Indians targeted the officers since their distinctive uniforms made them easy targets. Strategically this worked well to Little Turtle's advantage, as the inexperienced troops were left without leadership. Born in 1756, Bedinger moved to Kentucky in 1779 and settled at Boonesborough. He was adjutant in the expedition against Chillicothe (May 1779); a major in the Battle of Blue Licks (1782); and a major in Drake's Regiment (1791). His love of adventure led him to join St. Clair's expedition in 1791. After St. Clair's defeat, Bedinger remained with the army until 1793, commanding the Third Sublegion of the United States Infantry. He served in the State house of representatives of the first legislature of Kentucky in 1792, in the State senate 1800-1801, and was electe … [Click Below for Full Description]
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