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Near Columbia City in Whitley County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Colonel Augustin De La Balme

American Revolution

 
 
Colonel Augustin La Balme Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 21, 2011
1. Colonel Augustin La Balme Marker
View of the text on the front side of the historical marker.
Inscription. [Front Side of Marker];

With recommendation from Benjamin Franklin, Augustin de La Balme, former French Cavalry officer, came to America to assist in the American Revolution.

In November 1780, allegedly under secret orders from General George Washington, Colonel Augustin de La Balme, and a body of 104 men from Kaskaskia and Vincennes, raided the British stores at Kekionga (present day Fort Wayne). Leaving a detachment to guard the captured stores, his force marched out over the Eel River trail, the same path Colonel John Hardin followed ten years later.
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[Back Side of Marker];

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The Miami Indians, literally up in arms about this intrusion, destroyed the detachment left at Kekionga and attacked La Balme near the Eel River Trading Post. There his force was surrounded by a large body of warriors led by Chief Little Turtle. La Balme and his men fortified themselves on the banks of the Eel River just north of this location. After several days of conflict, they were defeated by an overwhelming force. The remains of Colonel de La Balme and approximately forty militiamen forever belong to the Eel River.
 
Erected 2010 by The Indiana
Colonel Augustin La Balme Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 21, 2011
2. Colonel Augustin La Balme Marker
View of the text on the reverse side of the marker.
Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 41° 9.143′ N, 85° 21.652′ W. Marker is near Columbia City, Indiana, in Whitley County. Marker is at the intersection of De la Balme Road and East Old Trail Road, on the right when traveling north on De la Balme Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia City IN 46725, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Last Home of Chief Little Turtle (approx. half a mile away); Eel River Post-Fort (approx. half a mile away); La Balme Massacre Site (approx. 0.8 miles away); Concord Methodist Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); Site of Little Turtle’s Miami Village (approx. 2.5 miles away); Seek's Village (approx. 3.5 miles away); Site of Hardin’s Defeat (approx. 4.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Eel River Battlefield (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia City.
 
More about this marker. Although this historical marker for Colonel Augustin La Balme is located at the southern end of La de Balme Road, a little less than a mile to the north on this road is where the historical marker
Colonel Augustin La Balme Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 21, 2011
3. Colonel Augustin La Balme Marker
View of the historical marker and the scenic landscape in the background.
that marks the site of the "La Balme Massacre" is located.
 
Also see . . .
1. Augustin de La Balme. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on February 19, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. LaBalme’s Massacre - 225 Year Commemoration. This is a link to information provided by the Indiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. (Submitted on February 19, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansWar, US Revolutionary
 
Colonel Augustin La Balme Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 21, 2011
4. Colonel Augustin La Balme Marker
View from across the street (East Old Trail Road) looking north along La de Balme Road, of the historical marker in the right foreground of the picture.
Colonel Augustin La Balme Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 21, 2011
5. Colonel Augustin La Balme Marker
View looking east along East Old Trail Road, of the historical marker at the intersection with La de Balme Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 19, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 807 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 19, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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