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Captain James Sympson Diary,1813

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Captain James Sympson Diary




Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives.Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931

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Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Captain James Sympson Diary, 1813, 96SC53,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.


1 v., 120 p.: diagrams


The Battle of the Thames on October 5, 1813 was the last attempt of General William Henry Harrison to reclaim from the British the land that was lost earlier in 1812. The recovery of this land in the Detroit area was largely due to the efforts of Kentucky Regulars and a volunteer militia. It was during this battle that the great Indian chief Tecumseh was killed.

Scope and Content

A journal by Captain James Sympson concerning his company of the Kentucky Volunteer Militia, dated August 21-October 20, 1813. The entries are about the activities surrounding the Battle of the Thames campaign and an account of the battle proper. Includes diagrams, descriptions of the marches, a company roster, and a description of Fort Malden, Detroit.

Includes diagrams.

Published in the Register, v. 11 (Sept., 1913).

Arrangement: Chronological.


  • Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief, 1773-1813
  • Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841
  • Sympson, James
  • Battle of the Thames, 1813
  • Fort Malden, (Mi.)
  • United States--History--War of 1812--Campaigns
  • United States--History--War of 1812--Regimental histories
  • United States--History--War of 1812--Personal narratives
  • Kentucky--History--Sources
  • Clark County--Kentucky
  • Kentucky--Genealogy

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