~Battle of the Thames~ October 5, 1813 General William Henry Harrison led an army of 3500 troops against a combined force of 700 British troops and 1000 Indian warriors along the Thames River in Ontario Canada. Harrison's army continued to push the British army, led by General Proctor, into farther retreat. Shawnee Chief Tecumseh opposed the retreat, but General Proctor proceeded. The tension grew between Proctor and Tecumseh. General Harrison's troops were not far behind the retreating, demoralized British soldiers. It was only the Indians who made any attempt to stop the advancing American troops. General Proctor realized that he would have to stand and fight the American troops. This battle took place on the Thames River. The British troops surrendered after the first American charge. Tecumseh's force of 800 continued to fight until Tecumseh was mortally wounded, then retreated. Tecumseh was buried in a secret grave in the swamps where he died. With Tecumseh's death, the Indian resistance around Lake Erie ended. A cease fire was signed with General Harrison. This was the final battle in the War of 1812. The Indians of the Ohio valley had been defeated once and for all.
Harrison resigned his military commission on May 31, 1814 and returned home to oversee his farm.