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

Frontier Fort 1794-1796

Frontier Fort 1794-1796 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 20, 2018
1. Frontier Fort 1794-1796 Marker
Inscription.  As Anthony Wayne marched up the Maumee River to Kekionga (Fort Wayne, Indiana), another Native American stronghold, he placed Major Thomas Hunt in command of the garrison. Major Thomas Cushing was second in command of the 200 to 300 remaining men. Many of the troops were either sick or recovering from wounds received during the Battle of Fallen Timbers. A record of that period can be found in the journal of Fort Defiance's Surgeon's Mate, Joseph Andrews. Life was hard here in the Great Black Swamp. Representatives of the local Indian Nations were frequent visitors. The nearest garrison, Fort Wayne, was located at the headwaters of the Maumee River. The conflict with the Indian Confederation came to a close with the signing of the Treaty of Greeneville in 1795. Fort Defiance was staffed through 1796, when the remaining troop of dragoons was ordered to a garrison located in Georgia. The fort continued to be used as a relay station for military mail between Fort Washington (Cincinnati) and Fort Detroit until regular mail delivery service was established.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles
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Native AmericansWars, US Indian. A significant historical year for this entry is 1795.
Location. 41° 17.233′ N, 84° 21.433′ W. Marker is in Defiance, Ohio, in Defiance County. Marker is at the intersection of Fort Street and Washington Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Fort Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 320 Fort St, Defiance OH 43512, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Anthony Wayne's Fort Defiance (here, next to this marker); Reinforcement Work (here, next to this marker); Location Of The Bake Oven (here, next to this marker); South Blockhouse (here, next to this marker); Fort Winchester (here, next to this marker); Fort Defiance (a few steps from this marker); Flood Poles (a few steps from this marker); East Blockhouse (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Defiance.
Frontier Fort 1794-1796 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, April 16, 2019
2. Frontier Fort 1794-1796 Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 21, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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