“This expidition,” wrote Lieutenant Charles Larrabee, "is against the tribes of Indians who are under the prophet and tecumcy."
Long before the Witness Protection Program, a Pennsylvania native found herself relocated in Indiana, living under an assumed identity.
While the nation celebrates the Lincoln bicentennial, 2009 also represents the two century-mark of another important event in the state where the President spent his boyhood. In 1809, Governor William Henry Harrison struck a monumental land deal with a consortium of native peoples. The Treaty of Fort Wayne, also known as “The Ten O’clock Line Treaty,” conferred three million acres of land to the settlers.
A family graveyard in the northwest corner of Monroe County, Indiana serves as the final resting place for two veterans of the American Revolution. While their legacy endures, their physical presence would almost certainly have been overshadowed by that of a Civil War soldier also buried in the Buskirk/Abel/Wampler cemetery. David Van Buskirk, better known as “Big Dave” or the “Big Lieutenant,” was reportedly the tallest man in the Union Army.
By 1809, Vincennes, Indiana was the center of military activity for the Indiana Territory. As tensions developed between settlers and the Indian population, more soldiers were brought to “Fort Knox II.”