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Perrysburg in Wood County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Fort Meigs / Construction

 
 
Fort Meigs / Construction Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 20, 2011
1. Fort Meigs / Construction Marker
Inscription. Construction on Fort Meigs began in February 1813. Soldiers traveling to Fort Meigs passed through the Great Black Swamp, a nearly impenetrable morass 40 miles across and 120 miles wide south of the fort. The harsh winter weather and frontier conditions made the construction of the fort a severe challenge.

February 1813

"An immense deal of labor was to be performed in excavating ditches, and making abatis, and clearing away the wood about the camp at a time when the weather was extremely severe and the ground so hard frozen that it was almost impossible to open it with a spade and pick-ax. But in the use of the ax, mattock, and spade consisted all the military knowledge of the army. So we fell to work to bury ourselves as fast as possible and heard nothing of the enemy."
Capt. Eleazer D. Wood
U.S. Corps of Engineers
 
Location. 41° 33.114′ N, 83° 39.156′ W. Marker is in Perrysburg, Ohio, in Wood County. Marker can be reached from West Indiana Avenue (Ohio Route 65) near Fort Meigs Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This historical marker is part of a series of markers that make up a walking tour of Fort Meigs. This particular marker is located just inside of the reconstructed fort's main
Fort Meigs / Construction Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 20, 2011
2. Fort Meigs / Construction Marker
View looking east after entering through the front gate of the fort, including a view of the first historical marker, in the interior of the fort, that is part of the walking tour.
gate, along the walkway that splits off to the right once you are inside of the fort. Marker is in this post office area: Perrysburg OH 43551, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Meigs / Introduction 4 (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Meigs / Introduction 3 (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Meigs / Introduction 2 (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Meigs / Introduction 1 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Major Amos Stoddard (about 300 feet away); Fort Meigs (about 400 feet away); General William Henry Harrison (about 400 feet away); 17th Infantry Regiment (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perrysburg.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar of 1812
 
Fort Meigs / Construction Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 20, 2011
3. Fort Meigs / Construction Marker
View looking towards the front gate of the fort from behind the historical marker.
Fort Meigs / Construction Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 20, 2011
4. Fort Meigs / Construction Marker
View of the historical marker in the foreground and the walking trail that heads east following the fort's southern wall and then turns north to follow the fort's eastern wall.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 1, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 390 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 1, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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