Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Pittsburgh Blues offer their Services, 1812


James R. Butler was the son of General Richard Butler, who was killed at the Battle of the Wabash (also known as St. Clair's Defeat) at Fort Recovery Ohio in 1791. Supposedly, the elder Butler fathered a child with the female Shawnee Chief Nonhelema (d. 1786), named Captain Butler or Tamanatha. (Since the two people were so different in age, this may or may not have been exactly true). Tamanatha fought against his father during the battle. At any rate, since the Pittsburg Blues fought with distinction against Indians during the 1812-13 campaign, one wonders if the half-brothers ever faced off against each other--or if Tamanatha fought for the American side this time. More research is needed.