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Book Review: The Victory With No Name

The Miami Confederacy ambushed Gen. Arthur St. Clair’s force in the worst defeat of an army by indigenous forces in American history. Art by Peter Dennis from Osprey’s “Wabash 1791: St Clair’s Defeat.”

The Miami Confederacy ambushed Gen. Arthur St. Clair’s force in the worst defeat of an army by indigenous forces in American history.
Art by Peter Dennis from Osprey’s “Wabash 1791: St Clair’s Defeat.”

by Peter d’Errico, Indian Country Today, march 9, 2015

Professor Colin Calloway’s new book, The Victory With No Name, chronicles how a confederation of Native nations defeated the U.S. Army when it invaded Indian lands across the Ohio River in 1791. Calloway, as usual, tells the story well, with lucid prose and thorough documentation.

The invasion, by the first army organized by the United States, under the command of Major Gen. Arthur St. Clair, aimed at the destruction of Indian villages along the Maumee River to open the way for “settlers” (as if the land were not already settled—an example of the way language can obscure reality) and land speculators. The success of the Indians thwarted the invasion, scattered the “settlers,” and discouraged the speculators. Read the rest of this entry