The Fairbanks' Massacre occurred during the war of 1812. On September 12, 1812, Sergeant Nathan Fairbanks and his men were part of an ambush attack by the Native Americans. He and his men were taking supplies from Fort Knox to Fort Harrison when the attack happened. Only two men were able to escape and survive back to Fort Knox.
Backstory and Context
By taking the convoy by such surprise, all but two men were killed. Some reports say that Fairbanks was wounded immediately but continued to fight until the end with his sword. The rest of the men did not put up much of a fight with it being at nightfall and with so much surprise and confusion.
The two men who survived were the driver of the wagon, John Black, and Private Edward Perdue. John Black ran and hid until the Native Americans quit looking and left the battle area. Perdue was wounded several places but managed to escape back to Fort Knox.
"Fairbanks' Massacre." IHB: Fairbanks' Massacre. Accessed April 02, 2018. https://www.in.gov/history/markers/310.htm.
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