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Old Fort Dearborn

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, November 4, 2012
1. Old Fort Dearborn Marker
Inscription.  
Here • Stood
Old • Fort • Dearborn
1803 – 1812

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. A significant historical year for this entry is 1803.
 
Location. 41° 53.283′ N, 87° 37.486′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker is on North Michigan Avenue when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 360 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 333 North Michigan Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Fort Dearborn (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Dearborn (within shouting distance of this marker); Chicago River (within shouting distance of this marker); Rene Robert Cavalier Sieur de La Salle (within shouting distance of this marker); Regeneration (within shouting distance of this marker); Louis Jolliet & Père Jacques Marquette (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Green Bay Road (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
 
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1. Major Amos Stoddard,
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Commanding Officer, Fort Dearborn, June 30 - September 22, 1808

According to entries in the Orderly Book of the Company of Captain Amos Stoddard, November 1807 - June 1808, Major Amos Stoddard (he was promoted to Major on June 30, 1807) was in command at Fort Adams (40 miles south of Natchez, Wilkerson County, Mississippi) from November 1807 until about June 18, 1808. Prior to that he had been in command at Newport Barracks, Kentucky from approximately January until November 1807. And prior to that, he served as the First Civil Commandant of Upper Louisiana at St. Louis from January 1804 until October 1, 1804. While serving as governor at St. Louis (after transferring the Louisiana territory from Spain to France and from France to the United States over March 9-10, 1804), he assisted the Lewis & Clark expedition and saw the Corp of Discovery off at St. Charles on May 21, 1804. In the fall of 1805, he led a deputation of Indian chiefs to Washington to meet with President Jefferson. Being ill at the time, he took leave for nine months of 1806 before recruiting a new artillery company and heading west to the Mississippi territory.

The following garrison order was recorded in the Orderly Book at Fort Adams on on June 17, 1808:
The Troops of this Garrison will be in readiness to move for Fort Dearborn at a moments warning; Lieut Preble is
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The London Guarantee and Accident Building designed by Alfred S. Alschuler. architect. Awarded the Gold Medal of the Lake Shore Trust and Savings Bank by the Committee of the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, The Illinois Society of Architects, The Chicago Architectural Club, 1923.
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to assume command of the company of Artillerists, to whom Lieut Reed will transfer all the necessary books and papers, The soldiers are to take no useless baggage with them, - The Commanding officers of the Companies will make out returns for tents. Tents will be distributed as follows, viz, To Artillerists, 8 tents, To Captain Pikes Company 8 Tents, to Captain Swans Company 9 tents, and to late Captain Lockwoods Company 9 tents

On July 3rd, the Garrison order entry of the day at Fort Dearborn was:
As tomorrow is imphatically the birthday of our Country, each soldier will Receive one gill of extra whiskey at 12 Oclock, After that day the troops will parade for roll call in their clean Summer uniforms with their arms in good order.

On or about September 28, 1808, Major Amos Stoddard took an extended leave and descended the Mississippi River to the Red River region and the Mississippi territory for the purpose of conducting research for his book, Sketches, Historical and Descriptive, of Louisiana, published in 1812.

Major Amos Stoddard died on May 11, 1813 from tetanus that developed from a shrapnel wound during the siege of Fort Meigs, Ohio during the War of 1812.

Sources:
The Autobiography Manuscript of Major Amos Stoddard, 2016
National Archives, Records of the U.S. Army, War Department, 1st
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Artillery Regiment 1802-1814, GR-98, E.94,
Orderly Book of the Company of Captain Amos Stoddard, November 1807-June 1808
    — Submitted March 18, 2021, by Robert Stoddard of Idyllwild, California.
 
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6. London Guarantee & Accident Bldg
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7. London House

This building is erected on the site of
Fort Dearborn
Fort Dearborn Destroyed — 1858
Office Building Erected — 1922
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 12, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 643 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 12, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on November 19, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   5. submitted on December 12, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6, 7. submitted on November 18, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.

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