Today in Military History: Jan. 25, 1856, Battle of Seattle

A map of Seattle, drawn at the time of the Battle of Seattle, part of the Puget Sound War.

On January 25, 1856, Marines and seamen from the USS Decatur went ashore from Elliot Bay to the village of Seattle, Washington. The troops were sent to protect the settlers of Seattle from Native American raids. The Native Americans attacked the village for seven-hours straight. However, the Marines held them off and the Native Americans retreated later that same day, after suffering severe losses. There were no Marines or sailors lost but two settlers volunteering for the fight were killed.