“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fremont in Sandusky County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Near This Spot

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By Dale K. Benington, August 6, 2008
1. Near This Spot Marker
Inscription. British cannon from Commodore Barclay's fleet bombarded Major Croghan in Fort Stephenson August 1 and 2, 1813. General Proctor attempted to capture the fort by assault with his Wellington veterans assisted by Indians under Tecumseh. Major Croghan with only 160 men and one cannon, "Old Betsy," repulsed the assault. The British retreated to their ships with many killed and wounded, but leaving Lt. Colonel Short, Lieut. Gordon, and 25 soldiers of the 41st Regiment dead in the ditch.

Commodore Barclay was wounded and with his entire fleet, including the cannon used against Fort Stephenson, was captured by Commodore Perry at the Battle of Lake Erie, Sept. 10, 1813.

General Proctor with his British Regulars was defeated and Tecumseh with many of his Indians was killed by General Harrison at the Battle of the Thames, Oct. 5, 1813.

Major Croghan was awarded a gold medal and each of his officers a sword by the Congress of the United States for gallantry in the defence of Fort Stephenson.

Erected by the George Croghan Chapter D.A.R.
Erected 1906 by the George Croghan Chapter, Daugthers of the American Revolution.
Location. 41° 20.822′ N, 83° 6.992′ W. Marker is in Fremont
Near This Spot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 6, 2008
2. Near This Spot Marker
, Ohio, in Sandusky County. Marker is on Court Street east of Justice Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. While the Fort Stephenson marker is located at the site of the Birchard Public Library, this similar marker is located near a park that is just off the northwest corner of Birchard Public Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 Court Street, Fremont OH 43420, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fremont (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Stephenson (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Betsy (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Stephenson (about 400 feet away); Soldier's Monument (about 500 feet away); In Commemoration (about 600 feet away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named Fremont (approx. 0.2 miles away); Indian Gantlet and Race Course (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fremont.
More about this marker. The marker is across the street from a park, on the same side of the street as several residences. It seems the maker is situated on residential property, and is very easily missed or overlooked.
Categories. Forts, CastlesNative AmericansWar of 1812War, French and Indian
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 25, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,131 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 25, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
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