This broadside entitled "The Columbian Tragedy" announces the news of St. Clair's Defeat, also known as The Battle of the Wabash. In 1791, General Arthur St. Clair, governor of the Northwest Territory, moved with a force of 1400 men from Fort Washington near Cincinnati, Ohio to construct Fort Jefferson near modern-day Greenville, Ohio. After the fort's completion, St. Clair's army moved against the American Indians of the Northwest Territory. On the morning of November 4, 1791, a coalition of American Indians under the leadership Little Turtle of the Miami, Blue Jacket of the Shawnee, and Buckongahelas of the Delaware attacked near the Wabash River. They easily drove the Americans from the field. This battle became known as St. Clair's Defeat. His force suffered 647 killed soldiers and 271 wounded men. It was one of the worst defeats of the American military at the hands of American Indians, recounted here in this broadside and in folk ballads. Ohio Historical Society Image TAH1373.
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