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Near Wickliffe in Ballard County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Fort Jefferson Site / Indian Massacre

 
 
North Side of Marker - Fort Jefferson Site Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 17, 2009
1. North Side of Marker - Fort Jefferson Site
Inscription. (North Side):
Fort Jefferson Site

Built in 1780 by George Rogers Clark as part of impressive plan of settlement, conceived by Gov. Patrick Henry of Virginia, later pursued by and named for Gov. Thomas Jefferson. The fort was to protect US claim to its western border and to be a key trading post. It was abandoned, 1781. Over.

Resettled after Jackson Purchase. Important Union post in Civil War.

(South Side):
Indian Massacre

In 1781, the Chickasaws, led by a Scotchman, Colbert, aroused by use of their land without consent, besieged the fort for 5 days. Many settlers killed. Those left became desperate for provisions, already low because of the difficulty in reaching the fort. Gen. Clark arrived with reinforcements and supplies. Indians withdrew. Fort was abandoned thereafter. Over.
 
Erected 1970 by Kentucky Historical Society - Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1309.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 36° 57.336′ N, 89° 5.469′ W. Marker is near Wickliffe, Kentucky, in Ballard County. Marker is on Westvaco Road (U.S. 51/62), on the
South Side of Marker - Indian Massacre Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 17, 2009
2. South Side of Marker - Indian Massacre
right when traveling south. Click for map. Located at the entrance to Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross Park. Marker is in this post office area: Wickliffe KY 42087, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Union Supply Base (here, next to this marker); Lewis and Clark in Kentucky Fort Jefferson (here, next to this marker); Fort Jefferson (a few steps from this marker); Lewis & Clark at Old Fort Jefferson (approx. 0.2 miles away); County Named, 1842 (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Prince of the French Explorers (approx. one mile away); King Mounds (approx. 1.1 miles away); Welcome to Wickliffe Mounds (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wickliffe.
 
Categories. Native AmericansWar, US Revolutionary
 
Markers at the Fort Jefferson Site Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain
3. Markers at the Fort Jefferson Site
 
 
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