Who is this man?

…and what did he do that nobody else in American history came even close to doing? And where?

Little Turtle

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8 thoughts on “Who is this man?

  1. Fascinating story, especially the correspondence with Jefferson. Having grown up in the Northeast, I learned almost nothing about the Midwestern tribes. [To be honest, what I know of the Northeastern tribes is only the glossy, elementary-school version.] Thanks for bringing it up.

    • Can’t get anything by you can I Harold? I haven’t even read the correspondence with Jefferson, but I’m sure it would be very highly interesting. Did you recognized the picture? If so, I think that places you into a very tiny minority of people.

      I’m only just now learning the details of how everything went down over the few years he was active (early 1790s), in my home state, so don’t feel bad.

    • Jim, please have no illusions that I recognized the picture. But there are rather unsubtle clues which provide the name, which leads to Wikipedia, which leads to primary sources, some of which are online.

      One of the fascinating tidbits I learned is that the picture is claimed to be a copy from an original by Gilbert Stuart, preeminent portrait artist of the time. [Stuart is very well-known here in New England. Don’t want to give the impression that I know anything about art, either.]

    • Aha–I left his name in the file name didn’t I? Oh well, so much the better–no point in guessing games really. I’m sorry you were routed through Wicked-pedia though 🙂

      Yes I read that the original painting was in Washington and was destroyed by the British in the War of 1812. I believe there’s also a picture of him addressing Wayne at the end of the Treaty of Greenville conference.

      note: another WordPress comment hold in queue for no apparent reason whatsoever. The thing has a mind of its own.

    • I was wondering about the moderation thing…thought perhaps “Wikipedia” was a forbidden word. [By the way, I like your “Wicked-pedia” and will no doubt plagiarize it someday.]

      There’s a painting of Little Turtle at Greenville which can be seen here. [Notice Lewis and Clark are present, among others.] I was disappointed to learn that it was painted in 1945, so not by a contemporary who might have met the man.

      Looking a little more carefully, there’s a painting by one of Wayne’s staff which can be seen here.

    • Thanks Harold!

      It’s that second link–that’s the one I was referring to. He was an artist in Wayne’s army, and a pretty good one. I might be confused though–it might be that one that was destroyed in the War of 1812. Will have to investigate.

      Lewis and Clark at Greenville–that’s a new one! The year preceding the conf/treaty at Greenville is utterly fascinating reading btw. And very significant for the national course of events thereafter wrt native american policies.

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