Tippecanoe Battlefield Park
Tippecanoe Battlefield Park commemorates the battle between American forces and a confederation of Native American tribes that took place on the morning of November 7, 1811.
The museum has exhibits that describe the battle and the effect it had.
William Henry Harrison
Backstory and Context
Settlers became increasingly alarmed at how large Prophetstown, was a thriving settlement and an important spiritual center, had become. They were also worried about the large numbers of warriors who lived there (at one point this number reached 1,000). Upon hearing this, William Henry Harrison decided to drive the Natives away and destroy the village with a force of 1,000 soldiers. Harrison and representatives of The Prophet met and agreed to another meeting the next day. The Prophet, however, chose to attack the Americans at their camp just before dawn on November 7th. Harrison suspected this might happen and had his men ready. The battle was bloody, resulting in the deaths of 63 soldiers and it is estimated that around 50-65 warriors died as well.
Historic makings began in 1811 then the land had transferred through several purposes until finally placed into the holding of the Northwest Indiana Conference of the Methodist Church. Once neglected by the church, local residents began to renovate a camp lodge into a museum. The museum merged with the Tippecanoe County Historical Association to finish the project.
Mendinghall, Joseph Scott. National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. October 15, 1966. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/fb967262-8c13-42fa-9a33-e7ede0ed0026.
Photo: Tippecanoe Battlefield Park