“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Napoleon in Henry County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Winchester's Encampment

Winchester's Encampment Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, August 4, 2018
1. Winchester's Encampment Marker
General Winchester leaving "Camp Starvation” (Camp #3) on January 1st of 1813, the army started towards the rapids of the Maumee. On January 3, 1813, Ellias Darnell's journal noted "it commenced snowing two days and nights…it was from 20 to 24 inches deep.” Nearby the army had to "rake snow away, make fires, and pitch our tents…no trifling task; we had to get bark or bushes to lie on; the linn (basswood) in this case was of great service to us.” General Winchester's army of 2000 men was heading down-river where 1000 men would eventually end up at the "Massacre of the River Raisin” at Frenchtown (Monroe, Michigan) on the 22nd of January. Darnell continues, "many of the horses gave out, sleds broke down; I have seen as many as six Kentuckians substituted instead of a horse pulling their plunder……". Darnell noticed in the Napoleon area that:
"In marching to this place we came through some good land, especially the river bottoms which are very rich."

Erected by Henry County Park District.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in
Winchester's Encampment Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, May 4, 2019
2. Winchester's Encampment Marker
this topic list: War of 1812.
Location. 41° 21.733′ N, 84° 9.183′ W. Marker is in Napoleon, Ohio, in Henry County. Marker is on Ohio Route 424 just south of County Road 15C, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War Camp Latty (approx. 1½ miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); World War Veterans Memorial Trees (approx. 2.1 miles away); Riverfront Industries Powered by Canal Water / How Napoleon Kept Its Name (approx. 2.2 miles away); Revolutionary War Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away); 123 West Washington (approx. 2.4 miles away); 535 North Perry (approx. 2.4 miles away); 105 West Main (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Napoleon.
The towpath trail image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, May 4, 2019
3. The towpath trail
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 17, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 14, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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