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Re: James W. Knaggs at Battle of the Thames
Posted by: JEFF ABLIN Date: December 18, 2000 at 11:04:21
In Reply to: James W. Knaggs at Battle of the Thames by John Taylor Boyd of 298

JOHN
I AM A DIRECT DESCENDENT OF WHITEMORE KNAGGS , HIS SON GEORGE B. KNAGGS (BROTHER OF JAMES KNAGGS). GEORGE B. KNAGGS WAS GEORGE (OR REFERED AS WALPOLE ISLAND KNAGGS) HIS SON HENRY , HENRY'S DAUGHTER ELIZEBETH WHO MARRIED JOHN SONEY . THEIR DAUGHTER ANNIE MARRIED ALBERT SAHGUJ, THEIR SON CLIFFORD SAHGUJ WHO WAS MY MOTHERS FATHER, OR MY GRANDFATHER,. I AM ALSO DESENDENT OF LITTLE TURTTLE .
I WAS TOLD ABOUT THE BATTLE OF THE THAMES BY MY GRANDFATHER WHO WAS TOLD BY HIS FATHER AND HANDED DOWN THUR THE ELDERS.
ON THE DAY TECUMSEH DIED MY GRANDFATHER SAID IT WAS NOT LIKE WILLIAM HENRY HARRIS WANTED IT TO BE!. THE INDIANS WERE CAMPED BY THE THAMES RIVER , IT'S NOT A WIDE RIVER ABOUT 40 FEET FROM ONE BANK TO ANOTHER. THE BATTLE STARTED TECUMSEH FOUGHT AND KILLED MANY OF HARRIS MEN WHEN HE SPOTTED HARRISON FAR FROM THE FIGHTING ON HORSE BACK , TECUMSEH FOUGHT HIS WAY THE PISTOL FIRE , HARRISON AIMED A FIRED ,HIS SHOT HIT THE GROUND IN FRONT OF TECUMSEH , TECUMSEH FIRED HIS PISTOL KILLING HARRISON HORSE TRAPPING HIM UNDER IT . HARRISON STILL SCREAMING CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF JAMES KNAGGS, TECUMSEH RASIED HIS PISTOL AND IT WOULD NOT FIRE , JAMES SPOTTING TECUMSEH ( WHO WAS TECUMSEH CHILDHOOD FRIEND AT THE KNAGGS HOME ON THE MAUMEE RIVER OHIO, ) JAMES AND THE KNAGGS FAMILY WERE LIKE BROTHERS TO TECUMSEH .
JAMES (HARRISON SAID) SHOOT HIM!!
JAME STEPED BETWEEN TECUMSEH AND HARRISON . NONDASHMAU (TECUMSEH SAID ) WHICH WAS JAMES KNAGGS INDIAN NAME.
NONDASHMAU MOVE OUT OF THE WAY (TECUMSEH SAID IN INDIAN , JAMES AND ALL THE KNAGGS AT THAT TIME ESPECIALLY WHITEMOR COULD SPEAK 11 DIFFRENT LANGUES.)
HARRISON YELLED "SHOOT HIM" . JAMES AND TECUMSEH LOOKED AROUND MORE OF HARRISON MEN CAME RUNNING TO HELP HIM, JAMES TOLD TECUMSEH THAT HE WOULD BE KILLED AND THAT HE (NOT WANTING HIS FRIEND TO DIE )TOLD HIM TO SURRENDER , TECUMSEH RESPONDED "AND TO BE PUT IN CHAINS LIKE CATTLE. JAMES SAID "NO YOU WOULD JUST HAVE TO SPEND SOMETIME IN JAIL,
TECUMSEH SAIL"LIKE AN ANIMAL??" KNAGGS LOOKED AS MORE TROOPS GOT CLOSER TO THEM.
HARRISON YELLED SHOT THEM BOTH .
ONE OF HARRIS MEN RAISED HIS PISTOL JAMES FIRED AND HIT HIM IN THE LEG .
JAMES GRABED A PISTOL OFF THE BATTLE FIELD , TECUMSEH SAID" IF I DIE ATLEAST I'LL BE FREE AND LIVE WITH MY ELDERS , TODAY I FIGHT . A BULLET STRUCK TECUMSEH IN THE LEG , BLOOD STARTED TO POUR OUT OF THE WOUND. JAMES AND TECUMSEH WERE NOW SURROUNDED , TECUMSEH TRIED TO JUMP PAST JAMES , JAMES PISTOL FIRED STRIKING TECUMSEH IN THE CHEST , JAMES HELD HIS FRIEND HIS LAST WORDS WERE" NONDASHMAU ARE A GOOD AND FAITHFUL FRIEND AND BROTHER DO NOT WOORY FOR TODAY I SEE MY ELDERS. TECUMSEH LOOKED UP AT THE SKY AND TOOK HIS LAST BREATH. JAMES WALKED OVER TO HARRSON AND HELP HIM GET OUT FROM UNDER HIS HORSE. HARRSION TOLD HIS MEN THAT HE KILLED TECUMSEH , JAMES HELD HIS HEAD DOWN AND TEARS BEGAN TO FILL HIS EYES, IT WAS GETTING DARK SITTING NEAR A FIRE JAMES OVER HEARD SEVERAL MEN INCLUDING HARRSON SAYING THAT IN THE MORNING THAT THEY WERE GONNA TAKE AND DISMEMBER TECUMSEH BODY AND SELL HIS BODY PARTS, HEARING THIS JAMES SLIPPED AWAY FROM CAMP AND FOUND TECUMSEH BODY HE PLACED IT ON ONE OF THE TWO INDIAN PONEYS HE FOUND NEAR THE RIVER, AND RODE THUR THE NIGHT TO WALPOLE ISLAND WHERE NAUDEE TECUMSEH'S 2ND IN COMMAND WAS CAMPING , JAMES AND THE OTHER WALPOLE ISLAND INDIANS BURIED TECUMSEH IN A UNMARKED GRAVE, IN ABOUT 1931 A MEMORIAL WAS BUILT SAYING HERE LIES THE REMAINS OF THE GREAT SHAWNEE CHEIF TECUMSEH , THE REAL GRAVE SITE IS ON WALPOLE ISLAND , ME AND MAYBE TWO OTHER'S KNOW . HIS SWORD STILL IS KEPT BY AN ELDER , WHEN YOU LOOK AND HOLD IT YOU FEEL THE POWER .
HARRISON HAD JAMES DO SPEACHES ON HOW HARRISON KILLED TECUMSEH , HASSION WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
HOPE THIS STORY WILL HELP YOU WITH THE REAL HISTORY OF THE BATTLE OF THE THAMES.

JEFF



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