history Early man and many Indian tribes roamed this part of the Wabash Valley before the thriving trading post of Keth-tip-pe-can-nunk was est. in the 18 th century. Known to many as "Tippecanoe." The village thrived until 1791 when it was destroyed in an attempt to scatter the Indians and open the land to the new white settlers. 17 years later a new Indian village was established on or near the old Keth-tip-pe-can-nunk site at the Wabash/Tippecanoe River junction. Known as "Prophet's Town", this village was destined to become the capitol of a great Indian confederacy. The town was founded in May, 1808, when two Shawnee brothers, Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa (the Prophet), left their native Ohio land after being permitted to settle on these Potawatomi and Kickapoo-held lands. Tecumseh and the Prophet planned to unite many tribes into an organized defense against the growing number of western settlers. Through this union they could defend the lands they had lived on for thousands of years. Although Tecumseh had warned his brother not to attack the white men until the confederation was strong and completely unified, the angry Prophet lashed his men with a fiery pep talk. Claiming the white man's bullets could not harm them, the Prophet led his men near the army campsite. From a high rock ledge west of the camp, he gave an order to attack just before daybreak on the following day. Two into the new day, thirty-seven soldiers were dead, twenty-five others were to die of injuries, and over 126 were wounded. The Indian casualties were unknown, but their spirit was crushed. Angered by deceit, the weary warriors stripped the Prophet of his power and threatened to kill him. Tecumseh returned three months later to find his dream in ashes. he gathered his remaining followers and allied with British forces. Tecumseh played a key role in the War of 1812, being active in the fall of Detroit, but he was killed at the Battle of the Thames on October 5, 1813. The Battle of Tippecanoe is considered by many to be one of the opening battles of the War of 1812.
Tippecanoe Township is a little over one mile northwest of the Wabash River.
The small Harrison Creek begins near Battle Ground and flows east, while Burnett Creek skirts the town's western edge and flows southwest.
In 1826, just 10 years after Indiana received statehood and only 15 years after the Battle of Tippecanoe, a county school system was organized.
Later, in 1830, a building was constructed for use as a school. A second school was erected the following year elsewhere in the township. Sometime during the 1830's a wood and stone school was constructed.
At battle Ground…
In 1857 the first of two "colleges", or academies as they were known, was opened in Battle Ground and used until 1868.
These were later used as a Battle Ground public school between 1882 and 1903.
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As a teacher…
There are many resources to use and incorporate in the classroom.
Battle Ground Museum, and Battle Field.
These recourses could be used in many different ways to fully submerse the students in history, but also in:
Science in dealing with nature
Math with using graphs, percentages/ratios, and timelines
English by reading about the actual events or creating a diary of a person at that time
Technology by exploring what other facts they could find on different sites
P.E or music with songs or games during the time of the battle.
Identify when the local community was established and identify its founders and early settlers.
Identify and describe community celebrations, symbols and traditions and explain why they are important.
Chronological Thinking, Historical Comprehension, Research: Develop a simple timeline of important events in the history of the school and/or community.