Why part of the War of 1812 was fought in Missouri
There are skirmishes you have to dig to find in the history books because they were sideshows to a much bigger battle.The War of 1812, ostensibly between Britain and the United States, ended up also being fought between Americans and Native Americans. This included those in the Missouri and Illinois territories."The war really had to do with people who lived in the St. Louis area and St. Charles county attempting to protect themselves from the Shawnee who had been British allies in the war of 1812." said Dr. Robert Archibald of the Missouri History Museum.What the Shawnee and other tribes did was raid American settlements using arms supplied by the British."The settlements in the west were protected by their close ties with the Osage who remained friendly to the settlers in Missouri. But Tucumsah and the Shawnee and others allied with them conducted raids in Missouri along the communities on the Missouri and Mississippi River. It really came down in Missouri to simple raids on farms and settlements by Indians who had alliances with the British." said Dr. Robert Archibald.While those battles were small and brief. They did leave their mark on local history. In St. Charles county one man was so concerned about the possibility of attack he added two wings to his home and surrounded it with a stockade fence.His name was Jacob Zumwalt. His modified home became known as Fort Zumwalt. It seemed like such a good idea that one of Zumwalt's neighbors also built a fort. His name was Francis Howell.
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