A memoir of Tecumseh, who led Indian resistance against the U.S.

Reminiscences of Tecumseh's Youth


Stephen Ruddell was born about 1771 to pioneer settlers on the western frontier where Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky border one another. When he was nine, in June 1780, the settlement was attacked by British soldiers and several hundred Indians, some of whom carried him and his brother Abraham away as prisoners. Stephen and Abraham were claimed by the Shawnee and made adopted brothers of the young Tecumseh (1768-1813). After spending 17 years among the Shawnee, Ruddell rejoined his white family about 1797, and years later he wrote this memoir of his life with the famous Indian leader.


Related Topics: Explorers, Traders, and Settlers
The War of 1812
Creator: Ruddell, Stephen
Pub Data: Unpublished manuscript in the Draper Manuscripts in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives (Tecumseh Papers, 2YY120-133).
Citation: Ruddell, Stephen. "Reminiscences of Tecumseh's Youth." Unpublished manuscript in the Draper Manuscripts in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives (Tecumseh Papers, 2YY120-133); Online facsimile at:  http://www.americanjourneys.org/aj-155/; Visited on: 9/1/2014
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