Near Xenia in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Birthplace of Tecumseh
The great Native American Shawnee leader, Tecumseh, was born on the bank of a large spring at this site in 1768, at the very instant that a great meteor seared across the skies. The birth occurred while his parents, Shawnee war chief, Pucksinwah, and his wife, Methotasa, were en route from their village of Kispoko Town, on the Scioto River, to a major tribal council at the Shawnee tribal capital village of Chalahgawth (Chillicothe - now Oldtown), which was located “two arrow flights” northwest of this site. Though prohibited by tribal tradition from becoming chief of the Shawnees, Tecumseh rose to become one of the greatest warriors, orators, and military strategists of any tribe in America.
To oppose the grave threat of rapidly encroaching white settlement on Native American lands, Tecumseh successfully molded and became the leader of a confederation of tribes numbering some 50,000 warriors. This opposition might well have succeeded had it not been for his jealous younger brother, Tenskwatawa, The Prophet, whose rash acts precipitated the Battle of Tippecanoe and undermined all Tecumseh's efforts. Forced by circumstance to ally himself and his remaining followers with the British in the War of 1812, Tecumseh was killed at the Battle of the Thames near present Chatham, Canada on October 5, 1813.
Erected 1992 by The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Ohio and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3-29.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 43.375′ N, 83° 56.069′ W. Marker is near Xenia, Ohio, in Greene County. Click for map. Marker is off parking lot of Old Town Reserve Park, Old Springfield Pike, off US Route 68, between Xenia and Oldtown. Marker is in this post office area: Xenia OH 45385, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sexton Point (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kenton's Gantlet [Gauntlet] (about 700 feet away but has been reported missing); The Bullskin Trail (about 700 feet away); U Mkvwalamakufewa Tikvmfa / Memorial to Tecumtha (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ten Kentucky Soldiers Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Old Chillicothe (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Chillicothe (approx. 0.4 miles away); Col. Daniel Boone (approx. 0.4 miles away).
Categories. • Colonial Era • Native Americans • Notable Persons • War of 1812 • War, US Revolutionary •
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