|Note from S.F. Austin given to William and son for safe passage. They were needed for battle reinforcements. |
Before William came to Texas with his children, he served as Lieut. Col. and Adjutant General in the Battle of Tippecanoe, fought on November 7, 1811, near present-day Lafayette, Indiana between United States forces led by Governor William Henry Harrison of the Indiana Territory and Native American warriors associated with the Shawnee leader Tecumseh. From this battle Gen. William Harrison acquired the nickname "Tippecanoe", which was popularized in the song "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" during the election of 1840, when Harrison was elected the 9th President of the United States. The Battle of Tippecanoe is considered by many to be one of the opening battles of the War of 1812.