Tecumseh was the leader of a confederacy of Native Americans that fought against the United States in the early 1800s.
Towards the end of the book, the author begins to describe Tecumseh's "prophecies", such as the prediction of an eclipse and the death of William Henry Harrison while he was in office. In particular, he predicts the New Madrid Earthquake(s).
An extract from the book appears in 1995 post.
Eckert recreates the scene with Tecumseh saying, on Wednesday, August 28, 1811:
I leave Tuckabatchee directly and shall go to Detroit. When I arrive there, I will stamp on the ground with my foot, and shake down every house in Tuckabatchee!
It goes on to say Tecumseh told them to burn a piece of stick every day for 30 days, after a great star flashed in the heavens, and the prediction would then come true, at night, when the last stick finished burning.
On November 16, 1811, Eckert reports there was a bright flash in the sky.
Just before the midpoint of the night it came -- a great searing flash from out of the southwest; incredibly bright with a weird greenish-white light, incredibly swift, incredibly awe-inspiring.
On Monday, December 16, 1811, at 2:30am, the first of the New Madrid Earthquakes hit, in accordance with the prophecy, and destroys Tuckabatchee.
Is this account of a prophecy true?