Near Edwardsville in Madison County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Erected 1934 by State of Illinois.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or Castles • Government & Politics • Patriots & Patriotism • War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 49.392′ N, 89° 57.944′ W. Marker was near Edwardsville, Illinois, in Madison County. Marker could be reached from Springfield Road near Illinois Route 159. GPS coordinates are approximate. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Edwardsville IL 62025, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this location, measured as the crow flies. Governor Coles and Slavery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edwardsville National Bank Clock (approx. ¾ mile away); First Cemetery in the City of Edwardsville (approx. 0.8 miles away); Site of Abraham Lincoln's Speech (approx. 0.9 miles away); Edwardsville (approx. 0.9 miles away); Ninian Edwards (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Madison County Centennial Monument (approx. 1.1 miles away); Edwardsville, Illinois (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edwardsville.
Regarding Fort Russell. Fort Russell - Many blockhouses were erected in Illinois during the War of 1812, most of them defenses against attack by the Indians who were allied with the British. There were at least 22 such blockhouse-forts between old Kaskaskia and Alton in Madison County, with the largest and strongest of them being Fort Russell, just northwest of present Edwardsville. The fort was built by Governor Ninian Edwards and named for Colonel William Russell of Kentucky, who commanded ten companies of Rangers, organized by an act of Congress, to defend the western frontier against the British and Indians. Four of these companies were allotted to the defense of Illinois. At least five cannon were removed from Fort Chartres to arm Fort Russell. The only Army regulars stationed at the fort were there during spring of 1812 and constituted the garrison for only a few months. pp. 255-271, “Encyclopedia of Historic Forts” by Robert B. Roberts
Also see . . .
1. New & Views Fall 2010 (pdf file). Alton Museum of History & Art, Inc newsletter discusses Fort Russell and the marker. (Submitted on April 24, 2012, by Russ Grimm of Hampton, Virginia.)
2. Archaeologists dig into Fort Russell's history. Edwardsville Intelligencer (04/03/12) (Submitted on April 24, 2012, by Russ Grimm of Hampton, Virginia.)
3. Solving a local history question - Where was Fort Russell located? (pdf file). Edwardsville Intelligencer (08/05/10) (Submitted on April 24, 2012, by Russ Grimm of Hampton, Virginia.)
4. Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. Contact information and further details on the search for Fort Russell. (Submitted on April 24, 2012, by Russ Grimm of Hampton, Virginia.)
5. Early United States Rangers, 1812-1815 by Larry E. Ivers (pdf file). Ranger Register (Volume XIII, Number 1) (Submitted on April 24, 2012, by Russ Grimm of Hampton, Virginia.)
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