National Geographic : 1965 Jan
before dawn on November 7, while Harrison's small army lay encamped on the Tippecanoe River, the Indians attacked. After heavy fight ing, Harrison succeeded in repulsing them, but lost 190 dead and wounded. He went on to destroy the Prophet's settlement and re turned to Vincennes. Scarcely a notable triumph, this was the Battle of Tippecanoe upon which Harrison's future fame was to rest. It disrupted Tecum seh's confederation but failed to diminish the Indian raids, which, by the spring of 1812 under British encouragement-terrorized the frontier. In the War of 1812, Harrison won more substantial military laurels when, after American forces had been trounced, he took command of the Army in the Northwest with the rank of brigadier general. At the Battle of the Thames, north of Lake Erie, on October 5, 1813, he defeated the combined British and Indian forces. With Tecumseh dead, the In dians scattered and never again offered seri ous resistance in the Northwest. Debts Plague Future President Thereafter Harrison served briefly in Con gress and later as Minister to Colombia, but primarily devoted himself to management of his Ohio farm. He lived in an impressive house but debts plagued him. In the 1830's he served as clerk of a county court in order to augment his slender income.