Tecumseh's father rose to the rank of a chief, and fell in battle in 1774, leaving six sons and one daughter. Cheeseekau, the eldest, helped to raise Tecumseh making him a distinguished warrior, and instilling into his mind a love of truth. Cheeseekau had fought by the side of his father and, some years lateron April 30, 1792, he was mortally wounded during an attack on Buchannan's Station, a frontier fort near Nashville,Tennessee.
A day or two before the attack, Shawnee Chief Cheeseekau made a speech to his followers, and predicted the hour that they would reach the fort, and that he would be shot in the forehead and killed. An effort was made by his followers to induce him to turn back, but he refused. As he predicted, the battle took place and Cheeseekau fell in battle. His last words expressed the joy he felt at dying in battle; he did not wish, he said, to be buried at home, like an old woman, but preferred that the fowls of the air should pick his bones. Young Tecumseh witnessed this.