Near Defiance in Defiance County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Tale of Ensign James Liggett / Major Adam Charles Muir, 41st Regiment of Foot
After American militia troops forcibly ended the 1812 siege of Fort Wayne, General James Winchester's Army of the Northwest marched down the north side of the Miami [Maumee] River to stop or retard advancing British troops sent to aid in the siege of Fort Wayne. After three days of difficult march, Ensign James Liggett of the 17th Regiment, volunteered to lead a group of four spies or scouts to the site of the old Fort Defiance. Liggett's small force was surprised and killed on or about September 25 near here. The Americans tried twice to recover the bodies, but met with ambush from hostile Native Americans sympathetic to the British. Their bodies were finally recovered and buried in a common grave. Besides Liggett, they included Wyatt Stepp, Guy Hinton, William Bevis, and Nathaniel Mitchell of Woodford County, Kentucky, all of Captain McCracken's Company, 1st Rifle Regiment, Kentucky Volunteer Militia.
[Reverse Side of Marker]: "Major Adam Charles Muir, 41st Regiment of Foot"
Major Adam Muir's combined force of British regulars,
Erected 2009 by Defiance County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society, Community of Delaware Township, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3-20.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • Native Americans • War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 25, 1852.
Location. 41° 16.679′ N, 84° 30.926′ W. Marker is near DefianceTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Defiance OH 43512, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Miami-Erie and Wabash-Erie Canals (approx. 6˝ miles away); Dey Bridge (approx. 6.8 miles away); Route and Camp's (approx. 7.2 miles away); Graves of Soldiers (approx. 7.2 miles away); Courthouse Clocktower Bell (approx. 8 miles away); VFW Veterans Memorial (approx. 8 miles away); Fort Defiance (approx. 8.1 miles away); 1913 Flood (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Defiance.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 8, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,024 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 8, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 6. submitted on November 29, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.