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

Major Amos Stoddard

1762 - 1813

 
 
Major Amos Stoddard Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, March 19, 2010
1. Major Amos Stoddard Marker
Inscription.  Wounded May 1, 1813, on the opening day of the siege of Fort Meigs. Died May 11 of tetanus; buried May 12 in front of the "Grand Battery" on the spot where he received the wound that caused his death.

A native of Connecticut, Major Stoddard served in the American Revolution, practiced law in Massachusetts, and became a member of the Massachusetts legislature. He entered the U.S. Army in 1798 as a captain in the Second Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers. Commissioned the first civil and military commandant of Upper Louisiana, he received that territory from the French in 1804 in the name of the United States.

He was promoted to the rank of major in 1807 and commanded the artillery at Fort Meigs when he was wounded.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryWar of 1812. A significant historical date for this entry is May 1, 1896.
 
Location. 41° 33.166′ N, 83° 39.151′ W. Marker is in Perrysburg, Ohio, in Wood County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Indiana Avenue (Ohio Route 65) and Fort Meigs Road, on the right when traveling south
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. This historical marker is located at the Fort Meigs State Historical Park, in the interior of the reconstructed Fort Meigs, just east of the site of the Grand Battery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Perrysburg OH 43551, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Grand Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); First Siege (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Meigs (within shouting distance of this marker); General William Henry Harrison (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Meigs / Construction (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lieut. John McCullough & Lieut. Robert Walker (about 300 feet away); In Memory Of Michael Hayes, Timothy Hayes, Thomas Hayes (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perrysburg.
 
Also see . . .  Memorial Page of Major Amos Stoddard. This is the memorial page on Find-a-Grave.com for Major Amos Stoddard. Included on this page is an extensive biography taken from the book, “The Autobiography Manuscript of Major Amos Stoddard.” There are also 18 images of important documents relating to Amos Stoddard and his life (not just related to the War of 1812). This is the best free-source biographical information available on Amos Stoddard.
Major Stoddard
Major Amos Stoddard Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, March 19, 2010
2. Major Amos Stoddard Marker
View looking southwest of the historical marker in the foreground with one of the fort's earthworks seen in the background and beyond that the fort's outer stockade wall.
was said to be buried in front of the Grand Battery — the place where he sustained his injury — on May 12, 1813 by the men of the 2nd Regiment of Artillery commanded by Capt. Daniel Cushing. In Capt. Daniel Cushing’s diary, he states Major Stoddard was buried “in front of the Grand Battery.” A granite monument honoring him is located inside the fort near the Grand Battery. However, it is not likely the actual site of burial. It is highly doubtful that Major Stoddard (or any other man, for that matter) was buried inside the fort walls. The military did not have a practice of burying human remains inside their fort walls. This was an active military installation housing hundreds and even thousands of men at the time — and it is unlikely they would bury their dead there. Perhaps they might have buried decaying corpses during the siege when they couldn’t venture outside the fort walls...but Major Stoddard died after the British and Indians had departed the area and it was safe to leave the confines of the fort.
(Submitted on March 13, 2021, by Robert Stoddard of Idyllwild, California.) 
 
Major Amos Stoddard Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, March 19, 2010
3. Major Amos Stoddard Marker
View looking south of the historical marker and of the interior of Fort Meigs.
Major Amos Stoddard Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, March 19, 2010
4. Major Amos Stoddard Marker
View looking north of the historical marker in the foreground, with the Fort Meigs Memorial Monument in the background.
Major Amos Stoddard Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, March 19, 2010
5. Major Amos Stoddard Marker
View looking northeast of the historical marker in the foreground and of the fort's outer wall.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 2, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,253 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 2, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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