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Markleville in Madison County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Massacre of Indians

Massacre of Indians Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Meyerholtz, February 22, 2006
1. Massacre of Indians Marker
In 1824, nine Indians were murdered by white men near this spot. The men were tried, found guilty and hanged. It was the first execution of white men for killing Indians.
Erected 1966 by Indiana Sesquicentennial Commission. (Marker Number 48.1966.1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansNotable Events. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1824.
Location. 39° 58.519′ N, 85° 36.193′ W. Marker is in Markleville, Indiana, in Madison County. Marker is on State Road 38 E, half a mile west of Chesterfield Road (400 E), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Markleville IN 46056, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bicentennial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Walter Dorwin Teague / Dean of Industrial Design (approx. 7˝ miles away); Carnegie Library (approx. 7˝ miles away); William (Bill) Walker
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(approx. 7.7 miles away); The Falls (approx. 7.8 miles away); Pendleton Town Hall Explosion (approx. 7.8 miles away); Three White Men Were Hung Here (approx. 7.8 miles away); Interurban Railroad (approx. 7.8 miles away).
Regarding Massacre of Indians. The hanging site is marked in a park in Pendleton, 7 miles west.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. The Fall Creek Massacre. Wikipedia entry:
Excerpt: “The incident sparked national attention as details of the massacre and trial were reported in newspapers of the day. It was the first documented case in which white Americans were convicted, sentenced to capital punishment, and executed for the murder of Native Americans under U.S. law. Of the seven white men who participated in the crime, six were captured. The other white man, Thomas Harper, was never apprehended. Four of the men were charged with murder and two testified for the prosecution. The four accused men were convicted and sentenced to death by hanging. James Hudson was hanged on January 12, 1825, in Madison County, and Andrew Sawyer and John Bridge Sr. were hanged on June 3, 1825. James B. Ray, the governor of Indiana, pardoned John Bridge Jr.,
Hanging Site in Pendleton image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim meyerholtz, November 5, 2005
2. Hanging Site in Pendleton
the eighteen-year-old son of John Bridge Sr., due to his age and the influence the others may have had on his involvement in the murders. Few details about the victims are known.” (Submitted on February 22, 2006.) 

2. The Massacre at Fall Creek. A novel by Jassamyn West. listing of this book with Search Inside feature. (Submitted on February 22, 2006.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 22, 2006, by Jim Meyerholtz of New Castle, Indiana. This page has been viewed 6,393 times since then and 254 times this year. Last updated on April 3, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 22, 2006, by Jim Meyerholtz of New Castle, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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