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Greensburg Rifle Company left to join William H. Harrison
from Robert Van Atta's Bicentennial History of the City of Greensburg:
"War brought an increase in activity in 1812. The Greensburg Rifles were among the first units to volunteer, even before the actual declaration. . . As early as a month before Congress declared war on England, June 18, the Greensburg Rifles had been sharpening military skills in anticipation. . . The Rifles were alerted in early September. . . and a few days later, orders were received. . . Officers, in addition to Captain [John] Alexander, were Lieutenant Christian Drum and Ensign Peter Drum. . . 'as fine a set of men as ever handled a rifle,' a local newspaper said, the company marched to Pittsburgh and boarded a riverboat to Cincinnati on September 23, 1812. From there, they proceeded to Indiana . . . They joined Governor (with the rank of General) William Henry Harrison's Northwestern Army. Its objective was destruction of Indian towns on the Mississinewa River, a Wabash tributary."