Near Defiance in Defiance County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Tale of Ensign James Liggett / Major Adam Charles Muir, 41st Regiment of Foot
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
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. 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. • Military • Native Americans • War of 1812 •
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.