Fort Wayne in Allen County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Battle of Kekionga
On October 17, the U.S. commander, General Josiah Harmar, reached Kekionga with 1,453 regular and militia soldiers and found that the Miami had burned and abandoned their town. General Harmar sent several companies north of Kekionga to search for the Miami warriors, but the U.S. forces suffered a stinging defeat on October 19 in an ambush led by the Miami war chief Little Turtle near his Eel River settlement. General Harmar retreated from Kekionga to a camp located nine miles to the south.
Learning that the Miami had returned to Kekionga, General Harmar sent an attacking force back to the Indian town on the morning of October 22. Two companies of U.S. forces took position along the west bank of the St. Joseph River while three companies advanced across the ford of the Maumee River at this spot, hoping to entrap the Indians. The Miami warriors challenged the crossing, killing several men as they waded the ankle-deep Maumee River. In the corn fields and flood plain outside Kekionga, the main United States forces were destroyed
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Location. 41° 5.015′ N, 85° 7.542′ W. Marker is in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in Allen County. Marker is at the intersection of Edgewater Avenue and Dearborn Street, on the left when traveling west on Edgewater Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Wayne IN 46805, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of Harmar's Ford (here, next to this marker); Kekionga (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Site of General Wayne's Fort (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Fort Wayne Well (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Last Two American Forts/The Siege of 1812 (approx. half a mile away); William Wells (approx. half a mile away); Pirogue Landing (approx. half a mile away); Mother George (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Wayne.
Also see . . .
1. Harmar's Defeat. This link is published and made available by, "Ohio History Central," an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on August 9, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. Ohio's Native American Wars. This web link was both published and made available by, "Touring Ohio." (Submitted on August 9, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
3. Wikipedia entry for Josiah Harmar. (Submitted on August 9, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Categories. • Military • Native Americans • Notable Events • Wars, US Indian •
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