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William Henry Harrison
Gen. William Henry Harrison Secures the Site For Negotiating the Treaty of Greenville with the Indians
07/07/1814. At the Battle of the Thames in 1813, Harrison led the Americans to a decisive victory over British troops and their Indian allies, with the great chief Tecumsah being killed. This American victory led to the re-establishment of U.S. control over the Northwest frontier. The death of Tecumseh was a crushing blow to the Indian alliance he had created, and it effectively dissolved. Shortly after the battle, Harrison signed an armistice at Detroit with the chiefs or representatives of several tribes. He then transferred most of his regulars eastward to the Niagara River and went himself to Washington where he was acclaimed a hero. However, after a comparatively petty dispute, his political foe Secretary of War John Armstrong maneuvered Harrison into his resigning his commission as Major General on May 11, 1814. Armstrong accepted the resignation.You will please instruct the officer who may command those troops that he is to be subject to the orders of the commissioners.The President remained confident in Harrison and wanted to utilize his experience in dealing with Indian tribes (and warring against them). So the very day after Harrison officially resigned his commission, Madison appointed him to negotiate a treaty with the north-western Indian tribes. Michigan Governor Lewis Cass was named to assist in this mission. The focus of the negotiations would be to secure peace on the frontier and have the Indians turn their warriors against the British. The idea of demanding land cessions from the Indians was dropped at Harrison’s assistence, as it would complicate … [Click Below for Full Description]
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