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"Battle of Spurs Defeat" collection

 Collection — Folder: S320
Identifier: S0320

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a photocopied and carbon copy, typed document from William M. Crockett regarding waging war with Indians in the Northwest Territory, specifically in 1812.


  • circa 1894-1969


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

"Battle of Spurs Defeat" took place in Tippecanoe County, Indiana Territory, on November 22, 1812. The force of sixty soldiers, led by Lieutenant Colonels Miller and Willcox, had ridden to the site of the body of a soldier named Dunn to retrieve it for burial, leading to an ambush. It resulted in the deaths of eighteen Kentucky soldiers at the hands of Native Americans. The name of the battle apparently refers to the use of spurs on their horses by remaining soldiers to escape the slaughter.

Information found within the collection.

"Spurs Defeat". Tippecanoe County INGenWeb Project. Retrieved 2014/11/19.

"Spurs Defeat". The War of 1812 Website. Retrieved 2014/11/19.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/11/19 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/11/19 by Edythe Huffman.
"Battle of Spurs Defeat" collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.