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Tecumseh and two dozen Indians ambushed 200 Michigan militia led by Major Thomas B. Van Horne at Brownstown Creek on this day in 1812. Van Horne ordered a retreat back to Fort Lernoult, and the untrained militiamen scattered in a panic. 17 were killed, 12 were wounded, and two were captured and murdered, while 1 Indian was killed. The skirmish claimed the first Michigan casualties of the War of 1812