Traverses, or large mounds of earth thrown up throughout the interior of the fort, were originally 14 feet high and 20 feet wide at their base. These earthworks were designed to protect the defenders from incoming artillery fired from British batteries across the river and east of the fort. In front of you, the Grasd Traverse runs the length of the fort and is one of the few remaining original earthworks. The garrison also dug small underground shelters into the southern bases of the traverses for further protection from the British bombardment.
Voices From The Past
Early May 1813
"An English officer who had been taken prisoner and returned on parole had this to say to his general, 'It is powder and shot throuwn away to fire at that fort! I can compare the Americans to nothing but an army of ground hogs.' "
Pvt. Alfred M. Larraine
Independent Volunteer Battalion
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War of 1812. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1813.
Location. 41° 33.203′ N, 83°
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Siege (within shouting distance of this marker); Discipline (within shouting distance of this marker); Maumee Rapids (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Blockhouses (about 500 feet away); Gardens (about 600 feet away); The Indian Wars (about 700 feet away); Lieut. John McCullough & Lieut. Robert Walker (about 800 feet away); Fort Meigs (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perrysburg.
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