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Cornstalk's Visit and the Negotiators’ Escape

 
 
Cornstalk's Visit and the Negotiators' Escape Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 17, 2016
1. Cornstalk's Visit and the Negotiators' Escape Marker
Inscription. In the late days of September, 1776, negotiators William Wilson and Joseph Nicholson left Fort Pitt which is today Pittsburgh. Their goal was to convince the tribes north and west of the Ohio not to join forces with the British. For support, the negotiators were accompanied by Cornstalk and other Indians.

When they arrived here there were few people in the village. The negotiators did not know that Pluggy and Commander Hamilton had already met and that, in the words of William Wilson, "Pluggy had taken up the tomahawk on the side of the British."

According to William Wilson, the next day, "The Mingoes assembled together at a home belonging to a French smith (blacksmith) and began to counsel. The Frenchman overheard them and told me that they had determined to take Joseph Nicholson and myself prisoners to Detroit the next day."

That night the Mingoes came and asked the negotiators to stay on for another day. Wilson said he would be pleased to stay longer which seemed to satisfy the Mingoes.

Wilson then, "advised with the Cornstalk, and Delawares, what was the most prudent step for me to take. The Cornstalk said that they only wanted to deceive me: and he and the Delawares recommended to us to make our escape that night, and endeavor to get to Cooshocking, a Delaware Town." During the night they
Cornstalk's Visit and the Negotiators' Escape Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 17, 2016
2. Cornstalk's Visit and the Negotiators' Escape Marker
View of the marker looking north, and in the background is seen a portion of the parking lot for the municipal recreational park (and just beyond the tree-line is the north-bound lane of U.S. 23) .
made their escape.
 
Erected 2008 by TThe Delaware County Historical Society, The Kroger Company, and the National City Bank.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio, Delaware County Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 40° 18.321′ N, 83° 3.74′ W. Marker is in Delaware, Ohio, in Delaware County. Marker is on East Lincoln Avenue near Blymer Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. This marker is situated near the parking lot for a municipal recreational park, that is located about 4 blocks east of the intersection of Sandusky Street (the old U.S. 23) and East Lincoln Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 East Lincoln Avenue, Delaware OH 43015, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Pluggy's Town (here, next to this marker); Pluggy's Town (approx. mile away but has been reported missing); Delaware County War on Terrorism Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Delaware County Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Delaware County World War II Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Delaware County World War I Memorial
Cornstalk's Visit and the Negotiators' Escape Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 17, 2016
3. Cornstalk's Visit and the Negotiators' Escape Marker
View of the marker looking to the south, and in the distant background is seen the end of East Lincoln Avenue, and the entrance to the municipal recreational park (and beyond that is seen the north-bound lane of U.S. 23).
(approx. 0.4 miles away); American Legion Post 115 Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); War Savings Stamps (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Delaware.
 
More about this marker. This marker is situated just north of where Lincoln Avenue ends, at the entrance to a municipal recreational park, that includes the Jack Florance Pool along with several facility buildings. The marker and municipal recreational park are wedged in between U.S. 23 and the Olentangy River.
 
Categories. Native AmericansWar, US Revolutionary
 
Cornstalk's Visit and the Negotiators' Escape Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 17, 2016
4. Cornstalk's Visit and the Negotiators' Escape Marker
View of the marker looking west, with the north-bound lane of U.S. 23 in the background, situated just beyond the tree-line.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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