Chapter Four, Decisions
Five Medals Village [page 120]
The Barn Raising [page 126]
Refugees [page 139]
Five Medals Village
Musicologist/ethnologist Frances Densmore, published the lyrics in 1932 (page 198 of ‘Menominee Music’), as “The Queen of England wants us to fight against her enemies.” Kshiwe’s lyrics on page 120 are more likely the original version, at least in regard to the royal reference.
On page 124, Kmonokwe counsels a young
The Barn Raising
In 1694, George Fox’s, ‘A Friend’s Journal’ was published as a record of his spiritual journey and an explanation of his religious views. The journal served as an inspiration to the faithful and an introduction for the uninitiated to the Society of Friends.
On June 1, 1812, President Madison sent a bill to Congress calling for war against England.
The American attack on Five Medals Village occurred later than portrayed here. It actually took place on Sept 16, 1812, on the orders of General William Henry Harrison. Based on his personal participation in the attack, Robert B. McAfee, in 1816, published an account in his History of the Late War in the Western Country. The text is available on line. On pages 147-148, McAfee relates:
“On the 16th [September, 1812], having crossed the Elk Hart River, above the village about three miles, the line of battle was formed on a plain, thinly timbered. Major Johnson’s mounted battalion was placed in front on the left flank, and Major Dunlap’s mounted men on the right in front; with orders to
advance to the right and left of the town and surround it. The infantry were formed in line of battle, then broke off by heads of companies, and followed the others in rapid motion.
“This village was called Five Medals, from a chief of that name who made it his residence. On a pole before the door of that chief, a red flag was hung, with a broom tied above it, and on another pole at the tomb of an old woman, a white flag was flying.
“The village with about seventy acres of corn was totally destroyed, and on the same evening the army returned as far as the Elk Hart River…”
[Text edited for clarity and relevance.]