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Fort Recovery in Mercer County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Strong, tall, redheaded Nance

 
 
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By Michael Baker, June 29, 2016
1. Strong, tall, redheaded Nance Marker
Inscription.  "Strong, tall, red headed Nance clung her baby tight, and ferociously wielding her frying pan, held off the brutal Indian attackers." St. Clair Battle, 1791
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US IndianWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1791.
 
Location. 40° 24.857′ N, 84° 46.82′ W. Marker is in Fort Recovery, Ohio, in Mercer County. Marker is on Fort Site Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Recovery OH 45846, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Clair's Defeat / Battle of Fort Recovery (a few steps from this marker); Greene Ville Treaty Line (a few steps from this marker); St. Clair Massacre (a few steps from this marker); Fort Recovery State Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Clair’s Defeat (1791) / Wayne’s Victory (1794) (within shouting distance of this marker); Background of the Log Home and Original Owners (within shouting distance
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By Michael Baker, June 29, 2016
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of this marker); The Role of Women in the Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Fort Recovery Battlefield Walking Tour (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Recovery.
 
Additional commentary.
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"What is the story of Red Haired Nance? Benjamin Van Cleve was 18 years old when he joined Arthur St. Clair’s expedition into Indian country. The quote below is from his account of the retreat at the Battle of the Wabash (Nov 4, 1791) back to Fort Jefferson.
“I hesitated whether to leave the road or whether I was capable of further exertions. If I left the road the Indians were in plain sight & could easily overtake me. I threw the shoes off my feet & the coolness of the ground seemed to revive me. I again began a trot & recollect when a bend in the road offered & I got before half a dozen persons to have thought that it would occupy some time of the enemy to massacre these before my turn would come. By the time I had got to Stillwater (about eleven miles) I had gained the centre of the flying troops & like them came to a walk. I fell in with Lieutenant Shaumburgh (who if my recollection serves me
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By Michael Baker, June 29, 2016
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was the only officer of artillery that got away unhurt), with Corporal Mott & a woman who was called red headed Nance - the latter two were both crying. Mott was lamenting the loss of his wife & Nance of an infant child. Shaumburgh was nearly exhausted & hung on Motts arm. I carried his fuse & accoutrements & led Nance. In this sociable way we came together & arrived at Jefferson a little after sunset.”
From the Memoirs of Benjamin Van Cleve, edited by Beverley W. Bond, Jr., Quarterly Publication of the Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio (Vol. XVII, 1922, Nos. 1 and 2 January-June)."
    — Submitted November 3, 2016, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 3, 2016, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. This page has been viewed 537 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 3, 2016, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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