Near Eaton in Preble County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail
One-fourth mile to the west.
Lieutenant John Lowry's
Kentuckians camped at the
springs in the valley, on
October 17th 1793, only to
be surrounded and badly
defeated by the Indians.
Erected 1890 by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. (Marker Number C.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission series list.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 39° 48.598′ N, 84° 37.814′ W. Marker was near Eaton, Ohio, in Preble County. Marker was on U.S. 127 south of Winnerline Road, on the right when traveling south. This missing marker would have been located along the roadside of US 127, most probably in front of the either the Covenant of Peace Church or the neighboring Zion Cemetery. I have placed it on the west side of the roadway, directly in front of the Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Eaton OH 45320, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to the National Road (approx. 2.7 miles away); Van Ausdal-Donohoe House (approx. 4.6 miles away); William Bruce (approx. 4.6 miles away); Preble County Courthouse (approx. 4.6 miles away); Monument at Mound Hill Cemetery (approx. 4.7 miles away); Roberts Bridge / Timber Covered Bridge (approx. 4.8 miles away); Mound Hill Cemetery Civil War Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away); Roberts Bridge (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eaton.
More about this marker. This historical marker is part of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail series (type C) which was put in place in 1930 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Ohio's Revolutionary War era Battle of Piqua, by the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission.
In order to accomplish this, in 1929 the state of Ohio created the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission, and then in 1930 this commission created 22 military trails, throughout western Ohio, between Cincinnati, Ohio on the state's southern border and Toledo, Ohio on the state's northern border. Each of these military trails represented the routes, or trails, used by military leaders during either the Revolutionary War, the Indian Wars of 1790 to 1795, or the War of 1812. Each of these military routes connected various related historical sites, that were marked with Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission (type C) markers, along each of the military trails.
The routes of these military trails were in turn marked by type A and type B Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission markers that served as directional (type B) and distance (type A) markers.
Originally, back in 1930, there were erected 70 some of these Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission, type C, markers. To date, there are only 20 some of them that have been located and posted on the Historical Marker database. A number of them are presently missing, including this particular marker, which is listed on page 74 of the ORMC 1931 Planning Report.
Regarding this particular marker, after doing some research, and communicating with the Preble County historian, Misti Spillman, my best guess is that this marker was originally situated along US 127, near either the Covenant of Peace Church or the neighboring Zion Cemetery. I have very arbitrarily placed it on the west side of the roadway, directly in front of the Zion Cemetery sign, when it could actually, very likely be, on either side of the roadway, in front of either the church or the cemetery.
In support for this being the general location of this particular Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission marker, Misti Spillman writes, " I could not find the actual location of where the fight occurred. In our Preble County books, it references a range from either 4 to 7 miles from Fort St. Clair. However, it does give a location of where the fight occurred. It says near the present site of the Old Zion Church and the cemetery. This is located right off St. Rt. 127 (actually US 127)."
I also referenced an article written in 1922, by Esther E. Nichols, entitled "The Battle of Forty Foot Pitch," that I found in the "Ohio History Journal" site (and provided a link for access). In the article it is stated, "The Battle of Forty Foot Pitch did not occur at what is now called Forty Foot Pitch but really took place at Ludlow Springs, Preble County, Ohio, which was probably located on the Montgomery farm. This site was supposed to be in a picturesque little hollow near the Zion Church, about seven miles from Fort St. Clair."
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Monument at Mound Hill Cemetery
Also see . . .
1. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System. A description of the Revolutionary Memorial Trail System developed by the state of Ohio in 1929 - 1930. (Submitted on September 3, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. The Battle of Forty Foot Pitch (or Ludlow Springs). This is a link to a related article that appears in the Ohio History Connection's website entitled the Ohio History Journal. (Submitted on September 4, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 122 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on September 3, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 4, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 7, 8. submitted on September 3, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.