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Old French War - Pontiac's Conspiracy - Revolutionary War / French Expedition, 1754

 
 
Old French War - Pontiac's Conspiracy - Revolutionary War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 8, 2009
1. Old French War - Pontiac's Conspiracy - Revolutionary War Marker
East face of monument.
Inscription. East Face:
Old French War - Pontiac's Conspiracy - Revolutionary War

Northern terminus of the old Indian waterway and land trail the Sandusky-Scioto Route from Lake Erie to the Ohio River used from the earliest records by the Indian and French hunters explorers missionaries and war parties in passing from the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes to the Ohio and the Mississippi and later known as the Harrison Trail of the War of 1812. On landing near this spot their light watercraft were portaged "57 arpents" from Lake Erie across to "Lac Sandoski" up the Sandusky River across the Sandusky-Scioto Portage and down the Scioto to the Ohio and Mississippi. The Sandusky-Scioto Trail along the banks of these rivers was the common battle ground of the French from Detroit and the British from Fort Pitt during the Old French War prior to the surrender of French sovereignty in America to Great Britain in 1760.

Colonel John Bradstreet's expedition for the recovery of the nine British posts captured in Pontiac's Conspiracy sailed their larger watercraft, 60 long boats with 1400 men, into Sandusky Bay and up to "the lower falls of the Sandusky" (Fremont), where they encamped Sept. 20, 1764, the western most point reached. Returning, encamped near where the old fort stood "on the carrying place between Lakes Sandusky
French Expedition, 1754 Marker image. Click for full size.
circa 1912
2. French Expedition, 1754 Marker
South face of monument.
and Erie," where Major Israel Putnam began "clearing the ground to construct a fort," but "October 18 whole decamped and embarked for Niagara."

During the Revolutionary War, Major De Peyster, the British Commandant, sent Butler's Rangers with cannon from Detroit, up to the lower falls of the Sandusky, where they supported the Indians in the repulse of Crawford's Expedition in 1782, which culminated in the burning of Colonel Crawford at the stake. Later "the British established a post at Lower Sandusky"(Fremont)

South Face:
French Expedition, 1754
Across the de Lery Portage
from Quebec to Detroit and Michilimaquinak as noted in the Journal of the Chevalier Chaussegros de Lery, who, on August 4, 1754, landed near this spot “and discovered the ruins of the old fort.”
Fort Sandoski, 1745-1748, 1750-1751
Monsieur Pean, Captain, Regimental Adjutant of Quebec, Commanding 1
Monsieur St. Martin, Acting Major
Monsieur Lery
Monsieur St. Ours Lieutenants 3
Monsieur Riganville
Monsieur Desmeloises
Monsieur Porneouf
Monsieur Cournover Ensigns 4
Father Bonnecamp, Jesuit 1
Monsieur Forget Duverger Jesuit of the Missions etrangeres 1
Monsieur Mauvilles
Monsieur Vigee
Monsieur Garon Surgeons 3
Monsieur Laforge, store
Old French War - Pontiac's Conspiracy - Revolutionary War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 8, 2009
3. Old French War - Pontiac's Conspiracy - Revolutionary War Marker
View of the north and west faces of this historical marker, situated near the northern shoreline of Sandusky Bay.
keeper 1
Monsieur Constant, an old interpreter 1
27 canoes, each carrying 10 men 270
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Erected 1912 by Ohio Society Daughters American Revolution.
 
Location. 41° 29.207′ N, 82° 56.027′ W. Marker is near Port Clinton, Ohio, in Ottawa County. Marker is on Fulton Street 0 miles south of Rohde Drive, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. This historical marker is located just south of Port Clinton, Ohio, at the southern most end of Fulton Street, just off the northern shoreline of Sandusky Bay. Marker is in this post office area: Port Clinton OH 43452, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Sites / De Lery Portage (here, next to this marker); End of Harrison's Trail In Ohio - War of 1812 (approx. 1.7 miles away); Indian Mill Stone (approx. 1.7 miles away); American Expedition 1813 (approx. 1.9 miles away); War of 1812 (approx. 1.9 miles away); Medusa Portland Cement Company (approx. 6.4 miles away); Boundary Marker (approx. 7.2 miles away); Snow's Grist Mill (approx. 8.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Port Clinton.
 
More about this marker. Please note
French Expedition, 1754 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 8, 2009
4. French Expedition, 1754 Marker
View of the west and south faces of the historical marker situated at the southern most end of Fulton Street, which was built atop the route of the De Lery Portage.
this monument has a plaque on all four sides, but only two are listed here. Normally, the Historical Marker database would publish all four markers on this monument as one entry with text from all markers included. Due to the separate erecting organizations and dedication years, it was determined this could be published as an exception to that standard.
 
Regarding Old French War - Pontiac's Conspiracy - Revolutionary War / French Expedition, 1754. It appears from information in the book Old Fort Sandoski and the De Lery (see link below), the markers on this historical monument have been changed since its original dedication in 1912.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pontiac's Rebellion. Schools Wikipedia Selection. (Submitted on July 4, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Pontiac's Rebellion. This link is published and made available by, "Ohio History Central," an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on July 4, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. John Butler (pioneer). This link is published and made available by, "Ohio History Central," an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on July 4, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. John Bradstreet. This link is published and made available by, "Ohio History Central," an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on July 4, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

5. Battle of the Sandusky. This link is published and made available by, "Ohio History Central," an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on July 4, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

6. Old Fort Sandoski and the De Lery portage. This book, by Lucy Elliot Keeler, published in 1912, highlights the "Erection of Historical Tablets on Memorial Day, May 30, 1912 at Port Clinton, OH." (Submitted on July 10, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
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