Being equal to the occasion, but having been a friend and neighbor of the leaders of the tribe, he loaded his rifle, went straight to the chief and told him the story. Everything was settled peacefully and the Indians' leaders assured Benjamin6 that neither he nor his family would be harmed. They kept their word. Other blockhouses, perhaps several in the general area, were erected. The families of the respective neighborhoods took refuge in them. Life was quite rigorous. General Bell first warned the settlers to prepare for trouble from the Indians. Then during 1812 General Robert Brooks and his army of more than 2,000 soldiers with a wagon train of army supplies, camped at Greentown, only a few miles distant, a few days after the Indians left. The soldiers confiscated their unripe corn. Four weeks later, colonel Anderson came with 150 men, 25 cannon, and 50 covered wagons filled with munitions and each drawn by six horses.
They halted at Greentown, then followed General Brooks' trail to Fort Meigs.*/3
While these developments were going on, the Indians retaliated.
For instance the Indians in and about Greentown, Ohio massacred
Frederick Zimmer, his family, and others. Rolla Zimmer (who may
be a descendant) and family are the nearest neighbors of the
writer of this book, William Benton Bunn, Jr.9 as related by
Baughman in his Richland County Historical record of Richland
County, Ohio. The Zimmer family consisted of the father, Frederick,
the mother, a daughter, Kate and a son, Philip. The family lived
five miles north of Greentown. Martin Ruffner, their neighbor,
went to the Zimmer home to warn of the approach of Indians.
The three Indians who escaped for the time being were captured and placed in jail at New Philadelphia (Ohio). Kanatsche, one of the three, confessed that he killed Kate Zimmer. He also confessed that the purpose of the attack was robbery. These three Indians were turned over to the military authority, taken to western Ohio, and eventually released.
Terrible episodes such as these cultivated "bad" relationships between the settlers and the red men. Finally, however, the British who had apparently incited these savages to their terrible depredations were defeated. The British defeat apparently broke the morale of the Indians