The University of Chicago Press continues to offer one free e-book every month. While most of these are academically challenging, this month’s free selection is excellent. In this month’s free e-book, Rising Up from Indian Country: The Battle of Fort Dearborn and the Birth of Chicago by Ann Durkin Keating, relates the history of a crucial period in the birth of Chicago. Two hundred and four years ago this month, Captain Nathan Heald undertook a hurried evacuation of ninety-four people from the isolated outpost of Fort Dearborn—near where the Chicago River meets Lake Michigan—to Fort Wayne, hundreds of miles away. Barely started on the journey, the party was attacked by five hundred Potawatomi warriors. The battle became a foundational moment in the creation of the city of Chicago.
Get the free e-book for August, Rising Up from Indian Country: The Battle of Fort Dearborn and the Birth of Chicago by Ann Durkin Keating.
In August 1812, under threat from the Potawatomi, Captain Nathan Heald began the evacuation of ninety-four people from the isolated outpost of Fort Dearborn to Fort Wayne, hundreds of miles away. The group included several dozen soldiers, as well as nine women and eighteen children. After traveling only a mile and a half, they were attacked by five hundred Potawatomi warriors. In under an hour, fifty-two members of Heald’s party were killed, and the rest were taken prisoner; the Potawatomi then burned Fort Dearborn before returning to their villages.
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