May 23, 1791 Wea tribal villages near the Wabash
Following the terrible defeat of General Harmar at the hands of the Miami, Shawnee, and other confederation tribes of the Northwest, attacks began once again in earnest against the Pennsylvania and Kentucky frontiers. Again, an outcry for protection from the tribes was made to both congress and to the legislature in Virginia, of which Kentucky was still part of. General Washington gave orders to the Governor of the Northwest Territory, revolutionary war general Arthur St. Clair to put together an army, to be bolstered by regular soldiers and prepare to march on the Wabash and Maumee towns and destroy the native menace. In the meantime, the Virginia legislature decided to raise a large militia force, augmented by some rangers from the western part of the state, and march against the Wea villages located on the Wabash. The force was commanded by Brigadier-general Charles Scott of the Kentucky militia, with Col. Wilkinson second in command, and a man who already knew action against Little Turtle, Col. Hardin. They set out on May 23, and crossed into Ohio territory June 1, 1791. They came upon the village of Ouiatenon which had about seventy houses. There were French inhabitants there as well. The town was burned, fields burned, and a few prisoners taken. A detachment on foot also raided and burned the village of Tippecanoe. The expedition returned safely home twenty days later having lost only two men.
“I am sitting here in this well positioned, well protected fortification they call Picketed Point. It is right at the mouth of the Muskingum River where it joins the Ohio. The settlement of Marietta is just nearby. The group of gentlemen with whom I have become affiliated, known as the Ohio Company of Associates, do most of our land business here. At least for the southern part of the land sales in the Ohio territory. I am making some money, but this is not going as I had originally hoped. Why? Because of renegade Delaware and Wyandot here in the eastern part of the territory who will not abide by the treaty they agreed to. Instead, they continue to terrorize our settlers and drive potential buyers away. In the western areas and even right into Kentucky , those Miami and Shawnee continue to roam about killing at will. I still cannot get over that drunken fool Harmar running right into that ambush of Little Turtle’s. He returned here with his head hanging down and making excuses. But maybe that’s all going to change now. I understand that our governor is raising an army for a campaign against the Wabash and Maumee. General Scott from Kentucky just showed him how it’s done. My hats off to Scott and the eight hundred men that went with him. Maybe things will finally start to change in our favor. This could be a real promise of things to come. Getting rid of these Indians has been taking to long. They keep complaining about the lives that have been lost. Well, what about my money I’m losing? Doesn’t that count? Well, I’m sure St. Clair will put a proper end to it all and we can get on with business. I hope he either pushes them all out or kills them. Either way is fine with me. The only thing that worries me is that I did hear that St. Clair has been recruiting in some of the eastern cities at jails and on the streets for men to fight. I hope he knows what he’s doing. The last thing we need is another disaster like Harmar’s humiliating defeat.”
Robert K. Seymour, Citizen – Speculator