This is the day we started rockin.' We covered a lot of ground and said goodbye to Indiana and hello to Ohio. These remaining posts related to our tour of War of 1812 sites should be action packed!
Battle of Mississinewa is the largest War of 1812 living history event in the United States. Hopefully, Dudeboy and I can entice Screamin' Killer Davis to join us on a road-trip in October to witness the big doings.
The Battle of Eel River . . . located near Columbia City, In. The marker reads:
After General William Henry Harrison relieved Fort Wayne, he ordered Colonel James Simrall in September 1812 to prevent further Miami Indian attacks in the area. The Miamis fled as troops destroyed villages, crops, and supplies along Eel River; Miamis then stood to fight a losing battle on this site.
Old Fort Wayne (within a quarter a mile of the actual location) representing the years 1815 to 1816. The original fort (in yet another location) was established by General "Mad" Anthony Wayne in 1794 before the Battle of Fallen Timbers.
lay siege to Fort Wayne. The fort, which was in a somewhat state of disrepair, was commanded by Captain John Rhea who was apparently inebriated for much of the time.
200th anniversary of the siege.
Fort Winchester in October of 1812. While on the frontline of defense, the fort was never seriously threatened. However, it was used extensively as a staging area, and Col. Richard M. Johnson trained his Kentucky Mounted Regiment here.
Fort Defiance in Defiance, Ohio.
Fort Defiance was erected upon this site by General Anthony Wayne August 9-17, 1794 and thus "the grand emporium of the hostile Indians of the west was gained without loss of blood." From this point General Wayne advanced against the Indians and signally defeated them in the Battle of Fallen Timbers, August 20, 1794. At this strategic center, in October, 1792, convened the largest Indian council ever held on the American continent. Fort Defiance was an important military post in the War of 1812.
Gravestone and historical marker for Spemica Lawba . . . Captain Logan. The text reads:
In September 1786, Captain Benjamin Logan of Kentucky captured a young Indian boy during a raid across the Ohio River on the Machachac tribe towns of the Shawnee nation. Upon returning to Kentucky, Captain Logan made the 14 year old boy part of his family until he was forced by treaty to return him to his native people. From the period of residence in Kentucky to the time of his death, Johnny Logan, as he was named, was a friend of the United States. Following the declaration of war against England in 1812, he joined the American service. He was employed by the Indian Agent John Johnston at Piqua to help evacuate Ohio women and children living near Fort Wayne. The siege of that fort was later lifted by the combined force of Kentucky and Ohio troops under the command of General William Henry Harrison. In November 1812, General Harrison directed Logan to take a small party ahead of General James Winchester's left wing to scout the area near the Rapids of the Maumee River. Encountering a larger enemy force, Logan's party retreated and was accused of disloyalty by General Price, second in command to Winchester. Indignant, Logan left with Captain Johnny and Bright Horn to prove his innocence. They were, however, captured near Turkeyfoot Creek by British sympathizer Potawatamie Chief Winnemac and Matthew Elliot, son of a British Indian Agent. During their escape, four of the enemy, including Winnemac and Elliot were killed. Bright Horn and Logan were wounded, but Logan's wound was severe. He died on November 25, 1812. Army officers carried Logan's body six miles to Fort Defiance where he was buried with full military honors, the only Indian to receive that recognition in Ohio.