Posted by Champ on June 19, 1999 at 16:18:33:
In Reply to: Re: Tecumseh posted by Rich on June 19, 1999 at 15:36:24:
: one thing that *might've* made a difference (& certiantly would've been different than the War Between The States) is *if* the British had thrown their full-weight behind Tecumseh.
: Actually, Champ, that seems to me to be MUCH like the war between the States, in a way. Just like the South anxiously hoped for European support, so too could one more great victory had perhaps swayed the Brits to fully enter the fray ... after all, the War of 1812 seems a half-hearted one, at best, on their part. If a fully united Indian confederacy was teamed with the British to stop American expansion ... who knows?
in someways you have a point, but the British actually had troops near-by & promised to help Tecumseh, and then turned their backs on him when his runners sent word for them to join his forces.
In fact it seems they betrayed him.
The South only had the *hope* that the British (navy) would support them.
My point though really was that in terms of success, it seems that Pontiac came closer to *victory* than Tecumseh.
He had the Brits on the run & o/r bottled up nicely, if it hadnt been for the 42nd & 77th Highlanders (& Rogers Rangers) amongst others at Bushy Run, who knows, it was a near thing.
Of course Pontiac was also under an illusion that the French would throw in their support as well.
I still think that Pontiac tends to be eclipsed by Tecumseh, though both got their due in that wonderful History channel series "Frontiers".
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