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Fremont in Sandusky County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Ballís Battlefield

 
 
Ball's Battlefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 6, 2008
1. Ball's Battlefield Marker
Inscription. Major Ballís Squadron 2nd Light Dragoons U.S. Army while escorting Col. Wells 17th U.S. Infantry from Major General Harrisonís headquarters at Fort Seneca to relieve Major Croghan of the command of Fort Stephenson for alleged insubordination in refusing to evacuate the fort was ambushed by Indians near this spot but gallantly charging them killed seventeen with the sabre. 30th July 1813.
 
Erected by Col. George Croghan Chapter Daughters American Revolution.
 
Location. 41° 19.777′ N, 83° 8.852′ W. Marker is in Fremont, Ohio, in Sandusky County. Marker is at the intersection of Buckland Avenue and Tucker Road, on the right when traveling north on Buckland Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2401 Buckland Ave., Fremont OH 43420, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Portage Trail (approx. 0.7 miles away); Sandusky-Scioto Trail (approx. 0.9 miles away); Soldiers Memorial Parkway of Sandusky County (approx. 1.1 miles away); Cleveland Gateway (approx. 1.1 miles away); Harrison Trail (approx. 1.1 miles
Ball's Battlefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 6, 2008
2. Ball's Battlefield Marker
View of Ball's Battlefield Marker along the east side of Buckland Ave. This road used to be part of the "Harrison Road" during the War of 1812, and prior to that was part of the Sandusky-Scioto Trail.
away); Colonel Webb C. Hayes, M.H. (approx. 1.2 miles away); Maj. Geníl. James B. McPherson (approx. 1.2 miles away); Captain Samuel Thomson (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fremont.
 
More about this marker. This historic marker, and the historic event itself, is located along what was once the major travel route through Ohio for Native Americans and early frontiersmen traveling between Fort Duquesne and Detroit, called the Sandusky-Scioto Trail. Later, during the War of 1812, this portion of the trail would become known as the Harrison Trail.
 
Regarding Ballís Battlefield. This historic marker recognizes an event that was part of General William Henry Harrisonís Northwestern Theater of operations. General Harrisonís goal was to retake Detroit and launch a successful invasion of Canada. In preparation of this planned invasion General Harrison had built a string of forts northward along the Sandusky River Valley in order to protect his lines of supply and communication.

In the summer of 1813, after their unsuccessful siege of Fort Meigs, along the banks of the Maumee River, the British and their Native
Ball's Battlefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 8, 2009
3. Ball's Battlefield Marker
View of Ball's Battlefield Marker with the historic Sandusky River in the background.
American allies decided to disrupt General Harrisonís operations in the Sandusky River Valley by seeking to attack and capture the northern most of Harrisonís chain of forts, Fort Stephenson.

Upon discovering the British intentions, General Harrison acted quickly to avert what he believed would be a military disaster, and ordered the immediate withdrawal of the American forces from Fort Stephenson, prior to the arrival of the vastly numerically superior British and Native American forces. However, the messenger got lost on route to the fort and by the time that the fortís commander, Major Croghan, received his orders, the British had already arrived. In Major Croghanís view it was now too late to withdraw from the fort without exposing his men to an attack, out in the open, from a foe with far superior numbers to his. So he decided to ignore his orders and take his chances within the defenses of Fort Stephenson.

It was when General Harrison realized that his orders to withdraw from the fort had not been obeyed, but not fully knowing why, that he ordered Col. Wells to immediately proceed to Fort Stephenson under the protect of Major Ball and his Light Dragoons and to relieve Major Croghan of his command. And it was while Col. Wells and his escort were nearing Fort Stephenson that the ambush and battle took place.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,333 times since then and 227 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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