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

Colonel William Crawford / The 1782 Sandusky Campaign

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Colonel William Crawford Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, August 6, 2008
1. Colonel William Crawford Marker
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Colonel William Crawford
Colonel William Crawford, a lifelong friend of George Washington, was born in Virginia in 1722. He was married twice, first to Ann Stewart and later to Hannah Vance. In 1755, he served with Colonel Edward Braddock in the French and Indian war. In 1767, he moved to "Stewart's Crossing," Pennsylvania, near the Youghiogheny River. During the Revolutionary War he raised a company of men, commanded the 5th and 7th Regiments, fought in battles in Long Island, Trenton, and Princeton, and built forts along the western frontier. In 1782, he led the Sandusky Campaign into the Ohio country and was subsequently captured by Delaware Indians after the battle of "Battle Island." On June 11, 1782, he was tortured and killed near the Tymochtee Creek near this marker. A monument dedicated to his memory is located about a quarter mile north of here. Counties in Ohio and Pennsylvania are named for Colonel Crawford.

The 1782 Sandusky Campaign
At the twilight of the American Revolutionary War, British forces hired American Indians to conduct attacks on pioneers living along the Ohio and Pennsylvania border.
The 1782 Sandusky Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, August 6, 2008
2. The 1782 Sandusky Campaign Marker
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In response the 13th Virginia Regiment, an over 400-man mounted unit formed by General William Irvine, was led by Colonel William Crawford to destroy the Sandusky towns of the Wyandots and Delawares. This volunteer army departed Mingo Bottom on May 25, 1782, and headed west into the Ohio country. On June 4 they met an Indian force at an area called "Battle Island," located between Carey and Upper Sandusky. The Americans held the field, but withdrew when the British reinforced the Indians with Butler's Rangers and Shawnee Indians. Crawford was ultimately captured, tortured, and killed by Delaware Indians.
 
Erected 1996 by Wyandot County Historical Society, Patriotic Citizens of Wyandot County, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 1-88.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansWar, US RevolutionaryWars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1863.
 
Location. 40° 55.194′ N, 83° 19.752′ W. Marker is in Crawford, Ohio, in Wyandot County. Marker is at the intersection of County Route 29 and Township Highway 300, on the right when traveling east on County Route 29. This historical marker is located
Colonel William Crawford / The 1782 Sandusky Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By TeamOHE, February 25, 2022
3. Colonel William Crawford / The 1782 Sandusky Campaign Marker
on an entrance road to the Ritchie Cemetery (Township Highway 300) .9 mile east from Highway 199 on Wyandot County Road 29. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carey OH 43316, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Colonel Crawford (approx. Ό mile away); Burning of Crawford (approx. 0.9 miles away); Crawford Memorial Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); Carey Revolutionary Soldiers Memorial (approx. 3.3 miles away); Carey World War Memorial (approx. 3.3 miles away); Carey Korea & Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.3 miles away); Benches (approx. 3½ miles away); Carey Veterans Memorial (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crawford.
 
More about this marker. On April 16, 2016, while driving through Upper Sandusky area, as I was returning home after viewing the Ohio State "Spring Game," I noticed that this marker was missing from its original location. I took several pictures and then searched, without success, to see if the marker had been relocated.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. William Crawford. This link is published and made available by, "Ohio History Central," an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on June 29, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Battle of the Sandusky. This link is published and made available by, "Ohio History Central," an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on June 29, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. William Crawford (soldier). This web link was both published and made available by, "Absolute Astronomy.com," in it's quest to enable "exploring the universe
Colonel William Crawford / The 1782 Sandusky Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By TeamOHE, February 25, 2022
4. Colonel William Crawford / The 1782 Sandusky Campaign Marker
of knowledge." (Submitted on June 29, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. William Crawford. This is a link to information provided by the ExecutedToday.com website. (Submitted on April 20, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Colonel William Crawford / The 1782 Sandusky Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, April 16, 2016
5. Colonel William Crawford / The 1782 Sandusky Campaign Marker
This previous view showed the battered marker post when it was missing, looking east along County Road 29.
Colonel William Crawford Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, August 6, 2008
6. Colonel William Crawford Memorial
View of Crawford Memorial which is located near where he was tortured and burned by the Indians and it is situated in nearby Ritchie Cemetery.
Battle Island Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, August 6, 2008
7. Battle Island Memorial Marker
View of the Battle Island Memorial Marker which marks the site where Colonel Crawford's forces engaged the Indians.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,045 times since then and 111 times this year. Last updated on March 3, 2022, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 29, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   3, 4. submitted on March 3, 2022, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio.   5. submitted on April 17, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   6, 7. submitted on June 29, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Aug. 9, 2022