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

First Battle Site



—Ohio Historical Marker —

First Battle Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 9, 2009
1. First Battle Site Marker
Inscription. The first War of 1812 battle on Ohio soil was fought here when about 60 exhausted citizen soldiers were ambushed by about 130 Indians on September 29. Twenty men held the Indians at bay in a cabin while the main body escaped by boat to Cedar Point. Two days later the defenders were rescued. Forty Indians including several chiefs and 8 Americans were killed in the skirmish, neither a victory nor a defeat for either side.
Erected 1964 by The Ohio Historical Society and The Ottawa County Historical Society. (Marker Number 1-62.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 30.862′ N, 82° 44.633′ W. Marker is in Marblehead, Ohio, in Ottawa County. Marker is on East Bay Shore Road just west of Seneca Trail, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. This historical marker is located on the south side of the Marblehead peninsula, on the north side of the Sandusky Bay shores, and directly north of Johnson Island. Marker is in this post office area: Lakeside Marblehead OH 43440, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Memory of Mason, Simonds & Mingus (within
First Battle Site Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 9, 2009
2. First Battle Site Memorial
Just south of the historical marker is a memorial to those who fought and those who died in the battle.
shouting distance of this marker); The Keeper's House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Home of Benajah Walcott (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named The Keeper’s House (about 600 feet away); Johnson's Island (approx. half a mile away); Johnson's Island Prison (approx. 1.2 miles away); Confederate Stockade Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Johnson’s Island Committee (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marblehead.
More about this marker. There are several other related historical markers and memorials in the immediate area of this marker.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Categories. LandmarksMilitaryNative AmericansWar of 1812
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 14, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,912 times since then. Last updated on September 20, 2010, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 14, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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