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Rebecca and Tecumseh

Rebecca Galloway taught Tecumseh to speak English. A few years later, 1807, he lost his wife. In 1808, he visited Rebecca and asked her to marry him. She agreed if he would live as a white man, but he was a Chief. He never again married, dying in battle in 1813. The next year, she married a local farmer. She lived until 1876—I like to think that in 1876, Rebecca and Tecumseh were finally together.

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Romantic tragedy





Shawnee Chief Tecumseh didn’t speak English, but in Green County Ohio he befriended James Galloway. James’s daughter Rebecca (1791-1876) taught Tecumseh to read and write English. They fell in love. In 1808, he asked her to marry him. He wanted a Shawnee life, she wanted a white life, they departed. She married a cousin the next year, but he never married again, killed in battle in 1813.

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Tecumseh’s stepbrother

Stephen Ruddell (1768-1845) was kidnapped 1780 from Ruddell’s Station, Licking River, Bourbon County Kentucky. For 17 years he lived as a Shawnee warrior. Interpreting for Tecumseh. He never had a bad thing to say about Tecumseh and later became a minister.

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Today (March 9) is the birthday of the Shawnee chief, Tecumseh (Shooting Star/Crouching Panther), born Chillicothe, Ohio, Kispoko sept, Panther clan. He was a brilliant war leader and politician. He also stopped the Shawnee from torturing people and was famed for his psychic abilities. On the day of his death, he announced he would die and went into battle, saying only a coward would shun battle.

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Death of Tecumseh

Tecumseh, the Shawnee chief, foresaw his death. His warriors begged him to stay off the battlefield. He refused, saying that only a coward would refrain from battle because of dying. The next day, October 5, 1813, at the Battle of the Thames in Ontario, he fell as the Shawnee and British battled the Americans. Many believe as do I that he was the greatest leader ever born in the USA. (though I have some Shawnee blood, so far as I know I am not related)

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Tecumseh, the greatest of all the Shawnees, was born March 9, 1768 in Ohio. He died October 5 during the Battle of the Thames, Ontario. Despite being outnumbered, he won countless battles, only losing when his British allies deserted him. He was also a humanitarian who stopped the Shawnee from torturing and killing war captives. To keep this story brief, I will omit Tecumseh’s many psychic abilities.  (Tecumseh Memorial at the Battle of the Thames)

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Tecumseh on the run

I see this picture as the Shawnee hero, Tecumseh, hiding from his enemies. Perhaps these are scouts working for the US Army. (yes, I plan to write about Tecumseh)

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Tecumseh!

I love this picture. (Not sure who the artist is) I imagine the great warrior leader, Tecumseh, great of all Shawnee leading a raiding party through the Indian woods.He was not only a brilliant military tactician, but a man of compassion. He eradicated torture among Shawnees.

[in another lifetime, I was Tecumseh! Everyone can be Napoleon]

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