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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Blue Jacket

Today Blue Jacket and a large concentration of natives tried to take Fort Recovery.

Below is a description from this site on Blue Jacket where there is a painting by Hal Sherman

THIS IS BLUE JACKET THROUGH THE EYES OF WHITE CAPTIVE O. M. SPENCER
JULY, 1792 AT THE HOME OF THE CHIEF ON THE MAUMEE

Spencer was captured earlier in the year near Cincinnati and adopted into a Shawnee family near what is now Defiance in northwest Ohio.

”His person, about six feet high was finely proportioned, stout, and muscular; his eyes large, bright, and piercing; his forehead high and broad; his nose aquiline; his mouth rather wide, and his countenance open and intelligent, expressive of firmness and decision .... He was dressed in a scarlet frock coat, richly laced with gold and confined around his waist with a part-colored sash, and in red leggings and moccasins ornamented in the highest style of Indian fashion. On his shoulders he wore a pair of gold epaulets, and on his arms broad silver bracelets; while from his neck hung a massive silver gorget and a large medallion of His Majesty, George Ill. Around his lodge were hugh rifles, war clubs, bows and arrows, and other implements of war; while the skins of deer, bear, panther, and otter, the spoils of the chase, furnished pouches for tobacco, or mats for seats and beds. His wife was a remarkably fine looking woman; his daughters, much fairer than the generality of Indian women, were quite handsome; and his two sons, about eighteen and twenty years old, educated by the British, were very intelligent”

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