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Collection Reference Number GLC05565
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1819 
Title General Harrison's reply to General Winchester, written to the Editors of the National Intelligencer
Date 12 June 1819
Author Harrison, William Henry (1773-1841)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Defends himself against General James Winchester's attack on his character and conduct in the command of the North Western Army in the War of 1812 Ohio campaign. Concerns who was to blame for sending out a detachment of the army beyond the reach of support. The detachment was almost completely destroyed by the British and Indians. Includes a copy of a letter written to Harrison by Samuel G. Hopkins and dated 24 February 1813 that supports his views. With corrections and an autograph endorsement signed by Harrison on pages 11 and 12.
Subjects Northwest Territory  War of 1812  Military History  President  American Indian History  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  
People Harrison, William Henry (1773-1841)  Winchester, James (1752-1826)  Hopkins, Samuel G. (fl. 1819)  
Place written North Bend, Ohio
Theme War of 1812; Foreign Affairs; Native Americans; The Presidency
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information This statement refers to the Battle of Raisen River which occurred on 22 January 1813. General William Henry Harrison's subordinate, Brigadier General James Winchester, in an effort to protect the frontier, sent troops out beyond the reach of support. They were surprised by a British force and almost his entire army was killed or captured. In 1816, he was accused of negligence and military incapacity. Winchester demanded an official inquiry and wrote a defense of his conduct in which he attacked General Harrison for failing to send reinforcements.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859