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Near Defiance in Defiance County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Tale of Ensign James Liggett / Major Adam Charles Muir, 41st Regiment of Foot

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2010
1. Tale of Ensign James Liggett Marker
Inscription. [Front Side of Marker]: "Tale of Ensign James Liggett"

After American militia troops forcibly ended the 1812 siege of Fort Wayne, General James Winchester's Army of the Northwest marched down the north side of the Miami [Maumee] River to stop or retard advancing British troops sent to aid in the siege of Fort Wayne. After three days of difficult march, Ensign James Liggett of the 17th Regiment, volunteered to lead a group of four spies or scouts to the site of the old Fort Defiance. Liggett's small force was surprised and killed on or about September 25 near here. The Americans tried twice to recover the bodies, but met with ambush from hostile Native Americans sympathetic to the British. Their bodies were finally recovered and buried in a common grave. Besides Liggett, they included Wyatt Stepp, Guy Hinton, William Bevis, and Nathaniel Mitchell of Woodford County, Kentucky, all of Captain McCracken's Company, 1st Rifle Regiment, Kentucky Volunteer Militia.

[Reverse Side of Marker]: "Major Adam Charles Muir, 41st Regiment of Foot"

Major Adam Muir's combined force of British regulars, Canadian volunteers with several cannons, and Matthew Elliot's force of 800 Native Americans had been dispatched from Detroit in September 1812 to aid in the siege of Fort Wayne. Heading up the
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By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2010
2. Major Adam Charles Muir, 41st Regiment of Foot Marker
south bank of the Miami [Maumee] River, he had moved his heavy cannons by boats to the site of the old Fort Defiance. After a skirmish with an American force, his Indians captured Quarter Master Sergeant Alexander McCoy who told Muir that three American armies totaling 9,000 men were heading his way. Muir tried to set up several defensive positions to engage General James Winchester's army but his Indian allies melted away. Not wishing to face such a force alone, he retreated back to Detroit. This site represents the southern most point of the British invasion into Ohio during the War of 1812.
 
Erected 2009 by Defiance County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society, Community of Delaware Township, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number #3-20.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 16.679′ N, 84° 30.926′ W. Marker is near Defiance, Ohio, in Defiance County. Marker is on Delaware Bend Road south of U.S. 24, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Defiance OH 43512, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Miami-Erie and Wabash-Erie Canals (approx.
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By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2010
3. Tale of Ensign James Liggett / Major Adam Charles Muir, 41st Regiment of Foot Marker
View looking south of historical marker on the northeast side of the bridge crossing the Maumee River.
6 miles away); Route and Camp's (approx. 7.2 miles away); Fort Defiance (approx. 8.1 miles away); Fort Winchester (approx. 8.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Winchester (approx. 8.2 miles away); Pontiac Park (approx. 8.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Defiance (approx. 8.2 miles away); The Indian Wars (approx. 8.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Defiance.
 
Categories. MilitaryNative AmericansWar of 1812
 
Tale of Ensign James Liggett / Major Adam Charles Muir, 41st Regiment of Foot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2010
4. Tale of Ensign James Liggett / Major Adam Charles Muir, 41st Regiment of Foot Marker
Military grave stone for Ensign James Ligett, located at the base of historical marker.
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By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2010
5. Tale of Ensign James Liggett / Major Adam Charles Muir, 41st Regiment of Foot Marker
View of Historical marker at the entrance to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources "Bend Access" on the "Maumee Scenic River."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,659 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 8, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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