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Datebook: November 4 – St. Clair’s Defeat 220 Years Ago

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St. Clair’s Defeat also known as the Battle of the Wabash, was fought on November 4, 1791 in the Northwest Territory between the United States and the Western Confederacy of American Indians, as part of the Northwest Indian War. It was a major American Indian victory and remains the greatest defeat of the United States Army by American Indians. The American Indians were led by Little Turtle of the Miamis, Blue Jacket of the Shawnees and Buckongahelas of the Delawares. The war party numbered more than 1,000 warriors, including a large number of Potawatomis from eastern Michigan and the Saint Joseph. The opposing force of about 1,000 Americans was led by General Arthur St. Clair, who had proved to be an able commander during the American Revolutionary War. The American Indian confederacy was overwhelmingly victorious. In proportional terms of losses to strength, it was the worst defeat that United States forces have ever suffered in battle—of the 1,000 officers and men that St. Clair led into battle, only 48 escaped unharmed. As a result, President George Washington forced St. Clair to resign his post and Congress initiated its first investigation of the executive branch.

It’s Friday, November 4th

A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor broadcasts live from Murray State tomorrow. Get tickets for the 5 to 7 p.m. tribute to Bill Monroe at, 800-745-3000 or at the CFSB Center Box Office.

Metropolis hosts a Steamboat Bicentennial Celebration tomorrow and Sunday at Fort Massac State Park. There are tow boat tours from 10 to 4. A travelling exhibit recounts the history of steam boats. Sunday there’s a dinner cruise aboard the Belle of Cincinnati for which tickets are available at 800-261-8586. See

LBL’s Fall Frolic is tomorrow at the Woodlands Nature Station. Enjoy wagon rides from 10 to 4. Go on a hike at 11:30. Hear Celtic music band Red River Breeze at 1 and 2 p.m. and there’s a Lorax Puppet Show at 3.

Tickets are $15 for the Paducah Jazz Ensemble Big Band’s Stardust Ball at the Metropolis Community Center tomorrow at 7:30. Proceeds benefit Save the Massac Theatre.

Details at Happy weekend!


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