Letter about skirmish involving James Hedges from Sandusky, Ohio in 1813

header of articleReport from Chilcothe letter via Lexington, Kentucky newspaper of James Hedges' involvement in a skirmish near Fort Stephenson, Sandusky, Ohio in 1813.


Letter about a skirmish involving Lieut. Hedges, Kentucky Gazette (Lexington, United States), 10 August 1813, page 3, cols. 1-2; newspaper at Kentucky Digital Library (http://kdl.kyvl.org/catalog/xt7rfj299n3s_3)

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Extract of a letter from a gentleman in the Army, to his friend in this town [Chillicothe], dated

'Camp at Lower Seneca, August 1, 1813'

We are making great preparations to defend this post. The camp, which contains about 8 acres, is situated on the right bank of Sandusky river. The breastworks thrown up around it, are about six feet high and will, in some parts, prove invulnerable to artillery.

The day before yesterday [30 July], colonel Ball's squadron was ordered to Lower Sandusky, the object of its movement thither was partially, to destroy or disperse such marauding parties of the enemy as it might fall in with. When within a short distance of fort Stephenson, the vanguard, consisting of six dragoons, was fired on by about 15 Pottowattomies from the left side of the road - upon hearing the firing, the main body of the squadron, who were hidden from the view of the Indians by a small hill were commanded by Col. Ball to "Charge!" The first Indian fell beneath the sword of the commandant - In short, every Indian was killed that the squadron could discover. Capt. Hopkins, it is said, killed two, & lieut. Hedges one. - Our friendly Indians went down yesterday morning to discover the number killed; they state, that of the Indians, two of the wounded and one untouched, who were hid in the grass, were traced by moccasin tracks for a mile - it is therefore probable that they will return to their allies to tell the news. About twelve of the number, it is supposed, were killed.