Saturday, November 10, 2012
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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Monday, November 5, 2012
I remember when I was a kid I spent the weekend with my cousin Annie. My Aunt Edna (Annie’s mom) took Annie, Grandma, and me to Battleground. We went to see the tombstones at the Memorial. Aunt Edna and Grandma took Annie and me certain tombstone. The name on the tombstone was Isaac White. Aunt Edna told us Isaac White was one of our ancestors. I am not sure if that was family lore but I, as a kid, thought it was wonderful having an ancestor die in the Battle Of Tippecanoe. This article brought back the memory.
Compared to last year’s three-day bicentennial celebration, the 201st Battle of Tippecanoe Commemoration was a tame affair.
Boasting a day’s worth of educational programs, a memorial flag lowering and a handful of re-enactors, visitors to the event were able to stop by and take in the attractions at their own pace.
But despite the more laid-back atmosphere, the passion for the event and battle it highlights was as intense as ever.
“I think it’s extremely important to learn about this piece of local history that had such a large impact on our nation’s history,” said Lafayette’s Carolyn Freeman who made the trip to the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum with her grandson Sunday afternoon. “This is where we come from, so to learn about the events that shaped our community and pass that information on — it’s very important.”
Fought on Nov. 7, 1811, the Battle of Tippecanoe pitted American forces against a confederation of American Indians from several tribes who were living near the confluence of the Tippecanoe and Wabash rivers.
The U.S. Army troops were commanded by Gen. William Henry Harrison, and the Indians were led by the Prophet Tenskwatawa, brother of Tecumseh, a Shawnee who wanted to settle on the land.
According to various historical accounts, U.S. casualties’ amounted to 62 men killed or mortally wounded and 126 others less gravely injured.
Native American casualties, while not precisely recorded, may have ranged from 44 to as many as 50 killed and up to 80 wounded.
Sunday’s commemoration featured five speakers that touched on different aspects of the battle and the era.
The educational sessions started with a presentation from Michael E. Dotson, a western historian and Adjutant of DuBois’s Company of Spies and Guides.
Dotson’s company of re-enactors — which formed about two years ago in preparation for the bicentennial — set up camp just south of the Battlefield Museum throughout the day.
“They were handpicked men out of the Vincennes area, and they were Harrison’s eyes and ears. They reported to him and no one else,” Dotson said.
Dotson, a Monon resident, added that the quality and scale of last year’s celebration helped bring much-needed attention to the Battle of Tippecanoe.
“I never really paid that much attention to the battle before that,” he said. “I can tell u all this has really caught on, and it’s right in my backyard.”
Brad DeLude, a member of DuBois’s Company of Spies and Guides who brings with him more than three decades of re-enacting experience, agreed, stating that the significance of this moment in American history should not be overlooked.
“The battle here is glanced over in history. I don’t even know if they teach it in history anymore,” DeLude said. “But what happened here was very important for the whole outcome of the United States. Had this battle not happened, it would have vastly changed American history.”
Saturday, November 3, 2012
This is another Email I got from one my senators.
It Starts with a Budget
When I visit with Hoosiers from across Indiana, I am often asked, “Why is the federal government continuing to spend more money than it takes in?”
Unlike Washington, Hoosiers understand the importance of a budget. In Indiana, we understand that you can’t spend more than you have. In Indiana, we understand the importance of saving or reexamining our spending priorities to make ends meet. From the family home to the mom-and-pop shop to the statehouse, Hoosiers understand that you can’t be successful without creating a budget. It’s the Hoosier way. That is why despite this sluggish national economy we are better positioned in Indiana than our neighboring states.
We need more of that Hoosier common sense in Washington.
This week marked three and half years since the Democrat-led Senate passed a budget. For 42 months the Senate has ignored the law and refused to pass a budget. For more than 1,270 days our federal government has operated without a budget as a guide.
The President did offer his own budget blueprint, but it was so unserious that it failed to earn even a single vote from his own party. The House of Representatives passed a budget to try to put our country in the right direction, but the Senate Budget Committee refused even to consider it. One would only assume that if the leaders of the Senate didn’t like the alternative plans, they would come up with their own proposal. But logic doesn’t seem to reign in Washington these days. Instead, the Democrat Senate leadership said no to its basic obligation to create, debate and pass a budget.
We need a change in course. The policies and lack of leadership over these past three and a half years has failed our country. We need a president and Congress that will fight to reduce our $16 trillion of national debt, not one that ignores it. When it comes to fixing our serious fiscal crisis, we need leadership from both the White House and Congress.
Restoring America and getting hardworking Americans back to work starts by getting our fiscal books in order. It starts with a budget. Just like every Hoosier family and business, our federal government needs to review its spending, make some hard decisions and sacrifices, and create a budget plan.
In our great country, the American people have the power to demand more from their leaders. I urge all Hoosiers to let their voices be heard. Only then can we begin to bring some more Hoosier common sense to Washington.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012