[Daily article] May 2: Lochry’s Defeat

Lochry’s Defeat was a battle fought on August 24, 1781, near present-day
Aurora, Indiana, in the United States. The battle was part of the
American Revolutionary War (1775–83), in which American Indians were
allies of the British. The battle was short and decisive: about one
hundred Indians under Joseph Brant (pictured), a Mohawk war leader,
ambushed about an equal number of Pennsylvania militiamen led by
Archibald Lochry, and killed or captured them all without suffering any
casualties. Lochry’s force was part of an army being raised by George
Rogers Clark for a campaign against Detroit, the British regional
headquarters. In early August 1781, Clark and about 400 men left Fort
Pitt in Pennsylvania by boat on the Ohio River, a few days ahead of
Lochry and his men. Brant’s force was part of a combined British and
Indian army being raised to counter Clark’s offensive. Brant had too few
men to challenge Clark, but he intercepted messengers between Clark and
Lochry and learned about Lochry’s smaller group. When Lochry landed to
feed his men and horses, Brant launched his overwhelming ambush. The
loss of Lochry’s men resulted in the cancellation of Clark’s expedition.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1194:

King Richard I of England gave the city of Portsmouth (Old
Portsmouth pictured) its first Royal Charter.

1757:

Konbaung forces captured the city of Bago, Burma, to end the
Konbaung–Hanthawaddy War.

1885:

A small force of Cree and Assiniboine defeated a larger
Canadian force in the Battle of Cut Knife, the natives’ most successful
battle during the North-West Rebellion.

1995:

Croatian War of Independence: Serb forces began firing rockets
on the Croatian capital of Zagreb, killing 7 and injuring at least 175
others.

2011:

The Conservative Party of Canada won enough seats in the
Canadian federal election to establish their first majority government.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

Penrose stairs:
An impossible loop of endlessly ascending and descending stairs, or an
optical illusion appearing to depict such a loop.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Friends, the soil is poor, we must sow seeds in plenty for us to
garner even modest harvests.  
–Novalis

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