“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Limestone in Marshall County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Fort Wetzel

Fort Wetzel Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 23, 2009
1. Fort Wetzel Marker
Inscription. John Wetzel and sons, Lewis, Jacob, Martin, John, and George, came with the Zanes in 1769 and built a fort. The Wetzels became famous scouts and Indian fighters. In 1787, the elder Wetzel was killed by Indians at Bakerís Station.
Erected 1983 by West Virginia Department of Culture and History.
Location. 39° 56.674′ N, 80° 39.42′ W. Marker is near Limestone, West Virginia, in Marshall County. Marker is on U.S. 250 east of Fairmont Pike, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Moundsville WV 26041, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Forman Massacre (approx. 4.6 miles away); Foreman Massacre (approx. 4.6 miles away); Grave Creek Mound (approx. 5 miles away); West Virginia Penitentiary (approx. 5 miles away); Recipients of the Purple Heart (approx. 5 miles away); Volunteers in the Spanish-American War (approx. 5 miles away); Marshall County Commemorates Service Men and Women (approx. 5 miles away); Old Brick School House (approx. 5 miles away).
Regarding Fort Wetzel. Fort Wetzel was a stockade fort on Wheeling Creek.
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Fort Wetzel Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 23, 2009
2. Fort Wetzel Marker
 The Exploits of Wetzel. Chapter 12 of Augustus L. Masonís 1883 book The Romance and Tragedy of Pioneer Life. “Of this strange group of brothers, Lewis Wetzel, the youngest of the five, surpassed the rest by his exploits as much as they surpassed all the other settlers of the valley. His first recorded exploit took place in 1776, when he was thirteen years of age. He and his brother Jacob were at a little distance from the house, playing near the barn, when Lewis saw a gun-barrel sticking out from the corner of the barn. He jumped back at the same instant, but received a painful wound in his breast-bone. Escape was impossible. The Indians having taken the two boys prisoner, began a hasty retreat. They crossed the Ohio, and headed for their wigwams on the Muskingum. Lewis suffered greatly from his wound during the toilsome journey, but refrained from complaint, knowing that the Indian cure for his wound would be the tomahawk. The first night the boys were tied. The second night the captors gorged their stomachs with the single meal of the day, and, thinking the boys too far away from home to attempt an escape, left them untied. When the noble red men were snoring loudly, Lewis arose, and pretending to fix the fire, made sure that all were sleeping heavily. Rousing his brother Jacob, he told him they must go. Jacob was frightened, but Lewis urged him out into the woods. . . ” (Submitted on July 25, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 
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