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Spemica Lawba-Johnny Logan

 
 
Spemica Lawba-Johnny Logan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2010
1. Spemica Lawba-Johnny Logan Marker
Inscription. [Front Side of Marker]: "Spemica Lawba-Johnny Logan"

In September 1786, Captain Benjamin Logan of Kentucky captured a young Indian boy during a raid across the Ohio River on the Machachac tribe towns of the Shawnee nation. Upon returning to Kentucky, Captain Logan made the 14 year old boy part of his family until he was forced by treaty to return him to his native people. From the period of residence in Kentucky to the time of his death, Johnny Logan, as he was named, was a friend of the United States. Following the declaration of war against England in 1812, he joined the American service. He was employed by the Indian Agent John Johnston at Piqua to help evacuate Ohio women and children living near Fort Wayne. The siege of that fort was later lifted by the combined force of Kentucky and Ohio troops under the command of General William Henry Harrison. [continued on other side]

[Reverse Side of Marker]: "Spemica Lawba-Johnny Logan"

[continued from other side] In November 1812, General Harrison directed Logan to take a small party ahead of General James Winchester's left wing to scout the area near the Rapids of the Maumee River. Encountering a larger enemy force, Logan's party retreated and was accused of disloyalty by General Price, second in command to Winchester. Indignant,
Spemica Lawba-Johnny Logan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2010
2. Spemica Lawba-Johnny Logan Marker
Logan left with Captain Johnny and Bright Horn to prove his innocence. They were, however, captured near Turkeyfoot Creek by British sympathizer Potawatamie Chief Winnemac and Matthew Elliot, son of a British Indian Agent. During their escape, four of the enemy, including Winnemac and Elliot were killed. Bright Horn and Logan were wounded, but Logan's wound was severe. He died on November 25, 1812. Army officers carried Logan's body six miles to Fort Defiance where he was buried with full military honors, the only Indian to receive that recognition in Ohio.
 
Erected 2008 by Defiance County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society, City of Defiance, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number #2-20.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 17.258′ N, 84° 21.418′ W. Marker is in Defiance, Ohio, in Defiance County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Fort Street and Washington Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. This historical marker is located in the park that marks the site of General Wayne's Fort Defiance. Marker is in this post office area: Defiance OH 43512, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
Spemica Lawba-Johnny Logan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2010
3. Spemica Lawba-Johnny Logan Marker
View looking west of the historical marker, showing the military grave stone for Johnny Logan at the base of the historical marker and in the left background a view of the neighboring Defiance Carnegie Library and to the right a view looking upstream of the Maumee River.
distance of this marker. Fort Defiance, 1794 (a few steps from this marker); Buffalo Were Recorded Here In 1718 (a few steps from this marker); Fort Defiance Flagstaff (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Defiance (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Winchester (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Defiance (within shouting distance of this marker); The Indian Wars (within shouting distance of this marker); French Indian Apple Tree (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Defiance.
 
Categories. MilitaryNative AmericansWar of 1812
 
Spemica Lawba-Johnny Logan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2010
4. Spemica Lawba-Johnny Logan Marker
View of Johnny Logan's military grave stone at the base of this historical marker.
Spemica Lawba-Johnny Logan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2010
5. Spemica Lawba-Johnny Logan Marker
View looking east of the historical marker with the confluence of the Auglaize River with the Maumee River in the background.
 
 
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