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“Battle of Fallen Timbers”

I saw the Toledo Metroparks are having a March Forth on March Fourth and they are walking the site of the Battle of Fallen Timbers. If you are not a student of history there was a time in the Indian Wars when they were a lot more close. After the Revolutionary War the standing army of the United States was defeated by a coalition of Native American Tribes several years running. Washington finally pulled Anthony Wayne out of retirement who shaped up a pretty tight army which slowly and methodically beat back the indians across the Ohio country culminating in the final battle close to Toledo. Since I’m writing this in English and not Shawnee you can guess who won. In the midwest there is a lot of stuff named for Anthony Wayne most notably Fort Wayne but not so much for the indians. Here’s my poem on the subject again taken from my chapbook “America: Tales of Atrocity and Near Escape”. Ask me for a copy and i’ll give you one.

The Battle of Fallen Timbers

Gave us Mad Anthony Wayne

But the Indians who fought and died there

No one remembers their names

If Deja Vu didn’t have a name

Would I still feel like I’ve been here before?

If there weren’t just a few so incredibly rich

Would there have to be so many billions of poor?

And the winners right the history books

Always to cover their shame

And the winners get so self righteous

They’re never the ones to blame

If Deja Vu didn’t have a name

Would I still feel like I’ve been here before

If there weren’t just a few so incredibly rich

Would there have to be so many billions of poor

Shawnee

Delaware

Miami

Chippewa

Seneca

Ottawa

Potawatomie

Chiksika

Chief Pipe

Seekaboo

Tecumseh

Little Turtle

Stands Between

Weh-yah-pih-er-sehn-wah (Blue Jacket)

Thick Water

Big Fish

Turkeyfoot

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