Isham Stroud
The Battle of Tippecanoe

Samuel Duff McCoy, in his book entitled: Tippecanoe: Being a True Chronicle of Certain Passage Between David Larrance & Antoinette O'Bannon: an excerpt from this chronicle of the Battle of Tippecanoe.

  "David went on with the sickening work of the hospital corps. He was carrying a wounded man to the shelter of the wagons when little Jimmy Spencer, Captain Spencer's fourteen-year-old son, ran from the tents and clutched him by the sleeve, begging to be told if his father was unhurt. David answered the boy reassuringly; he had just seen the captain cheering on his men, a bloody handkerchief tied about his head. When they went back to the right, Jimmy ran at David's side, refusing to stay behind.

  "Father!" he cried, and the soldier turned at the hail. He was about to warn the boy to go back when a bullet struck him in the hip and passed through both thighs; he tottered and fell. The boy, frantic at the sight, threw his arms around his father's neck and burst into tears. But the man lifted himself to his waist, though the effort left his face yellow as his hunting-shirt, and gently put his son aside.

  "Go back to the tent, son," he said, smiling. Your mother will need you if I don't go home." He drew the boy down and kissed him. Isham Stroud, the fifer, and another man of the company supported his shoulders. "Lift me up higher, boys," he gasped. "Set me up on the log." For a long minute he rested till his faintness passed; and then be began calling to his men to fight on summoning all his strength and yet unable to keep his mortal weariness from his voice. The men heard it and bent more grimly over the gun-sights; when suddenly the voice ceased altogether as a ball passed between the two who bore him up and tore its way through his heart. When they had laid him down reverently, Isham Stroud was crying; he was only a boyish musician, not a soldier; but through the rest of the fight he blew his fife as if he was striving to make it sound the deathless spirit of Spier Spencer.

  And with the fife's shrill music in their ears, the Yellow Jackets held their ground, though MacMahan, who took Spencer's place, fell dead, and Berry, his second lieutenant, fell also; held it for two hours in the face of the frenzied attack of the Indians." For the complete text

~Hallowed Ground~
Entrance to Battleground, the Battle of Tippecanoe, Indiana
7 November 1811

19th Century Depiction of the Battle by Alonzo Chappel

Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee Tribe

Tenskwatawa, The Prophet
 (brother of Tecumseh)





Professor J. M. Johnson of the Marengo Academy reported in the Crawford Co. Democrat on 5 April 1906, the final resting place of War of 1812 soldiers. Among the listing of soldiers Isham also known as Isom Stroud was mentioned in the article. Prof. Johnson stated "Isom Stroud fought and was wounded in the battle of Tippecanoe. November 7, 1811. As war was not declared until June 19, 1812, some may not regard this as a part of the War of 1812. With due deference to the opinions of all who differ from me, I regard it as a part of the war. Isom Stroud is buried in the Marengo Cemetery." Yours respectfully, "J. M. Johnson"

Isham/Isom is buried in a marked grave in the Old Section of Marengo Cemetery, Marengo, Indiana







A Sketchbook of Indiana History

by Arville L. Funk

Another account of Isham Stroud at the Battle of Tippecanoe

"The company had enlisted two musicians, Daniel Cline as drummer and Isham Stroud, a 15-year-old youth, as fifer.

The Yellow Jacket's position was severely attacked and one of the first to fall was Captain Spencer who was shot through both thighs. Spier (Spencer) refused to leave the battle line and in a few minutes was wounded again, this time in the head. As fifer (Isham) Stroud and another soldier attempted to carry him from the field, Captain Spencer was fatally wounded by a musket ball in the chest. Stroud, who had also received a wound, returned to the firing line and continued to play shrill martial music on his fife that could even be heard above the roar of the battle."