200@200 : February — Contention for the Confluence
Date:
1780
Title:
LaBalme Massacre
Description:
LaBalme's Defeat of 1780

After Colonel Augustin Mottin de LaBalme's raid on the village of Kekionga in the fall of 1780, the Miami retaliated in one of the bloodiest battles in Northeast Indiana history. LaBalme was a French cavalry officer aiding the American fight against the British during the Revolutionary War.

During the night of November 5, 1780 Colonel LaBalme and his soldiers were decimated by the Miami, led by Chief Little Turtle. The battle went on until virtually none of LaBalme's men were left and today is also referred to as the LaBalme Massacre. As his first major military victory, this success for the Miami marked Chief Little Turtle as a prominent warrior and leader. These artifacts were found at the site of the battle including a cannon ball, spur, bullet, glass bead, arrowhead, seal and a linchpin.
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LaBalme Massacre Site ArtifactsLaBalme Massacre Site Artifacts
Glass Bead from LaBalme Massacre SiteGlass Bead from LaBalme Massacre Site
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Colonel Augustin Mottin de LaBalmeColonel Augustin Mottin de LaBalme