Near Columbia City in Whitley County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Colonel Augustin De La Balme
With recommendation from Benjamin Franklin, Augustin de La Balme, former French Cavalry officer, came to America to assist in the American Revolution.
In November 1780, allegedly under secret orders from General George Washington, Colonel Augustin de La Balme, and a body of 104 men from Kaskaskia and Vincennes, raided the British stores at Kekionga (present day Fort Wayne). Leaving a detachment to guard the captured stores, his force marched out over the Eel River trail, the same path Colonel John Hardin followed ten years later.
Erected 2010 by The Indiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Native Americans • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) series list. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1780.
Location. 41° 9.143′ N, 85° 21.652′ W. Marker is near Columbia City, Indiana, in Whitley County. Marker is at the intersection of De la Balme Road and East Old Trail Road, on the right when traveling north on De la Balme Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia City IN 46725, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Last Home of Chief Little Turtle (approx. half a mile away); Eel River Post-Fort (approx. half a mile away); La Balme Massacre Site (approx. ¾ mile away); Concord Methodist Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); Site of Little Turtle’s Miami Village (approx. 2½ miles away); Seek's Village (approx. 3½ miles away); Eel River Battlefield (approx. 5.1 miles away); Site of First County Court and First Mill (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia City.
More about this marker. Although this historical marker for Colonel Augustin La Balme is located at the southern end of La de Balme Road, a little less than a mile to the north on this road is where the historical marker that marks the site of the "La Balme Massacre" is located.
Also see . . .
1. Augustin de La Balme. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on February 19, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. LaBalme’s Massacre - 225 Year Commemoration. This is a link to information provided by the Indiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. (Submitted on February 19, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 19, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,497 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 19, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.