Monday, April 16, 2018
Benjamin Stephenson-- Part 7: Edwards Organizes Punitive Expedition Against Indians
Ninian Edwards negotiated with the Potawatomie Chief Gomo, but these negotiations broke down. Raids and confrontations between small groups of settlers and Indians continued through 1811. In 1812, the fall of Fort Dearborn (Chicago) and subsequent massacre galvanized public opinion and outrage.
Governor Edwards decided there should be an expedition against the Indians at Peoria Lakes. Troops from Kentucky were expected to join the expedition but didn't show up. Edwards had mounted rangers under Col. William Russell of Kentucky, hero of the Battle of King's Mountain during the American Revolution.
Fort Russell by Edwardsville was named for him.
Also in Edwards' force were militia commanded by Charles (Nelson?) Rector and the newly promoted to colonel Benjamin Stephenson.