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

Spemica Lawba–Johnny Logan

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2010
1. Spemica Lawba-Johnny Logan Marker
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"Spemica Lawba-Johnny Logan"
In September 1786, Captain Benjamin Logan of Kentucky captured a young Indian boy during a raid across the Ohio River on the Machachac tribe towns of the Shawnee nation. Upon returning to Kentucky, Captain Logan made the 14 year old boy part of his family until he was forced by treaty to return him to his native people. From the period of residence in Kentucky to the time of his death, Johnny Logan, as he was named, was a friend of the United States. Following the declaration of war against England in 1812, he joined the American service. He was employed by the Indian Agent John Johnston at Piqua to help evacuate Ohio women and children living near Fort Wayne. The siege of that fort was later lifted by the combined force of Kentucky and Ohio troops under the command of General William Henry Harrison. [continued on other side]

"Spemica Lawba-Johnny Logan"
[continued from other side] In November 1812, General Harrison directed Logan to take a small party ahead of General James Winchester's left wing to scout the area near the Rapids of the Maumee River. Encountering a larger
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By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2010
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enemy force, Logan's party retreated and was accused of disloyalty by General Price, second in command to Winchester. Indignant, Logan left with Captain Johnny and Bright Horn to prove his innocence. They were, however, captured near Turkeyfoot Creek by British sympathizer Potawatamie Chief Winnemac and Matthew Elliot, son of a British Indian Agent. During their escape, four of the enemy, including Winnemac and Elliot were killed. Bright Horn and Logan were wounded, but Logan's wound was severe. He died on November 25, 1812. Army officers carried Logan's body six miles to Fort Defiance where he was buried with full military honors, the only Indian to receive that recognition in Ohio.
 
Erected 2008 by Defiance County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society, City of Defiance, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 2-20.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryNative AmericansWar of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #09 William Henry Harrison, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1786.
 
Location. 41° 17.258′ N, 84° 21.418′ W. Marker is in Defiance, Ohio, in Defiance County. Marker can be reached from
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By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2010
3. Spemica Lawba-Johnny Logan Marker
View looking west of the historical marker, showing the military grave stone for Johnny Logan at the base of the historical marker and in the left background a view of the neighboring Defiance Carnegie Library and to the right a view looking upstream of the Maumee River.
the intersection of Fort Street and Washington Street, on the right when traveling west. This historical marker is located in the park that marks the site of General Wayne's Fort Defiance. Touch 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 walking distance of this marker. Fort Defiance, 1794 (a few steps from this marker); Buffalo Were Recorded Here In 1718 (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Cannons (a few steps from this marker); Cross Section of the Trench (a few steps from this marker); North Blockhouse (a few steps from this marker); West Blockhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Legion of Anthony Wayne (within shouting distance of this marker); Construction Of Fort Defiance (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Defiance.
 
Spemica Lawba-Johnny Logan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2010
4. Spemica Lawba-Johnny Logan Marker
View of Johnny Logan's military grave stone at the base of this historical marker.
Johnny Logan Burial Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, April 16, 2019
5. Johnny Logan Burial Site Marker
Capt. Johnny Logan Burial Site, relative to the cannon image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, April 16, 2019
6. Capt. Johnny Logan Burial Site, relative to the cannon
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 8, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,610 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 8, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   5, 6. submitted on November 21, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio.

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