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The battle site of the 1811 fight at Tippecanoe that preceded US involvement in the War of 1812 and helped destroy Native America attempts to form an alliance of tribes to withstand western white settlement is outlined by a wrought iron gate and commemorated with a large white granite obelisk rising from the high ground. The battle launched the political career of future president William Henry Harrison and decimated Tecumseh’s hopes for a Native American Confederacy. Around the base of the obelisk are bronze plaques indicating the size of both forces and the number of casualties believed to have been suffered by both sides as well as the names of enlisted personnel and officers who were killed. On the front side of the base stands a life-size carved statue of General Harrison.

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