Fort Recovery in Mercer County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Burying the U.S. Army Dead
This cemetery was also a temporary burial site of the remains of soldiers who died in the Battle of the Wabash (1791) and the Battle of Fort Recovery (1794). In 1851, bones were discovered by children playing on the banks of the Wabash River. The human remains were of soldiers killed in battle some 60 years earlier. The bones were kept safe for the summer while ceremony preparations were made. Over 5.0o0 people from Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee, and Ohio gathered on September 10, 1851 for the
"On the morning of the battle [I] and several others had just gone out to look after and guard their horses, when suddenly [we] heard the most hideous yells from the opposite side of the river, with discharges of musketry..."
-Samuel McDowell, a Kentucky sharpshooter who survived the two battles. McDowell returned in the 1830s and was one of the early settlers of Fort Recovery His remains lie here in Pioneer Cemetery.
Erected by National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program and the State of Ohio. (Marker Number 14.)
Location. 40° 24.648′ N, 84° 46.888′ W. Marker is in Fort Recovery, Ohio, in Mercer County. Marker is on Gwendolyn Street south of Washington Street, on the right when traveling south. This marker is located on the eastern edge of the grounds of the Pioneer Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 204 Gwendolyn Street, Fort Recovery OH 45846, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least Samuel McDowell (a few steps from this marker); Pioneer Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); VanTrees Donation (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gen. Richard Butler (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Greeneville Treaty Boundary Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sha'anoe Warrior Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle of Fallen Timbers and the Treaty of Greeneville (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Franke Historical Walkway (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Recovery.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 5, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.