The Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812
New Invasions in the West
British Counterstrokes Blocked
Procter retook the offensive at the end of April and attacked Fort Meigs (near Perrysburg, Ohio) with approximately 1,000 soldiers and Canadian militiamen and 1,500 Amerindians led by Tecumseh. General Harrison held the fort with 1,100 men. On May 5 reinforcements of 1,200 Kentucky militiamen attacked the English lines. Procter's men deliberately yielded to the first wave to attract the enemy into an ambush. The ploy succeeded and the Kentucky militiamen chased after them. Tecumseh's Amerindians attacked their flank and less than 200 men escaped. Despite this victory, Procter had to withdraw a few days later after Tecumseh's warriors refused to continue the siege.
In July, Procter launched a second unproductive offensive against Fort Meigs, and then attempted to take Fort Stephenson, which was held by some 2,000 men under the command of Major George Croghan. The British assault went badly and Procter lost nearly a third of his regular soldiers, with 96 men dead or wounded. At the same time, thousands of Americans were arriving as reinforcements. Unable to contain them, Procter withdrew from Ohio.
- Date modified: