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Maumee in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Cover and Camouflage

 

—August 20, 1794 —

 
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By Dale K. Benington, November 5, 2015
1. Cover and Camouflage Marker
Inscription. The natural land features and geography of the land played a major role in determining the battle strategy for both forces.

This, combined with the thick forests and downed timber, caused by a tornado, was a landscape that favored the Western Confederacy's fighting style. Utilizing the dense forest as cover, the Native warriors were well camouflaged while waiting for Wayne's legion.
 
Erected by Metroparks of the Toledo Area.
 
Location. 41° 32.971′ N, 83° 41.645′ W. Marker is in Maumee, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker can be reached from North Jerome Road south of Monclova Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is located on the grounds of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield, Metropark, in a densely wooded forest area, and is the sixth in a series of markers seen along the Fallen Timbers Battlefield, walking trail. Marker is in this post office area: Maumee OH 43537, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Caught Off Guard (a few steps from this marker); A Long March (within shouting distance of this marker); Fighting Forces (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Early American Defeats
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By Dale K. Benington, November 5, 2015
2. Cover and Camouflage Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a photograph showing reenactors portraying woodland Native Americans.
(about 600 feet away); Unfair Negotiations (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle Ends (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ready, Aim, Fire! (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle Begins (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maumee.
 
More about this marker. This particular marker is one of two markers located in an area that is off the main park trail known as the "Ravine Node." The node area is partially surrounded by a number of large, rough cut, rectangular, stones, overlooking a nearby ravine.
 
Regarding Cover and Camouflage. Back in the 1980s, when I taught Ohio History to students in the nearby Oregon City School system, all of the textbooks, as well as most of the history books, indicated that the Battle of Fallen Timbers took place on the other side (east side) of the Anthony Wayne Trail, on the floodplains and nearby ridge of the Maumee River valley. However, in 1995, Dr. Pratt used a line of volunteers with metal detectors, to help him to conduct an archaeological survey, to prove that the most significant fighting in the battle had taken place where this park is presently located.
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By Dale K. Benington, November 5, 2015
3. Cover and Camouflage Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a photograph showing the nearby ravine, which is a significant battlefield topographical feature.
As I recall, when Dr. Pratt did his research on the Battle of Fallen Timbers, he indicated that the repeated reference, in numerous battlefield accounts, to a key topographical feature in the battleground landscape was a ravine. As I recall, he indicated that this ravine was missing in what was then presumed to be the battlefield area, and that fact in turn caused him to attempt to locate a nearby landscape that better matched what he believed was the described, battlefield topography. Once again, as I recall from the local accounts of his research, the locating of this particular ravine, where the park’s “Ravine Node” is situated, was a key factor in his choosing of this area to conduct his archaeological survey.
 
Categories. EnvironmentNative AmericansWars, US Indian
 
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By Dale K. Benington, November 5, 2015
4. Cover and Camouflage Marker
A distant view, seen through the trees of the woodland area, of the Ravine Node, where this marker is located.
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By Dale K. Benington, November 5, 2015
5. Cover and Camouflage Marker
View of the Ravine Node, where this marker is located.
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By Dale K. Benington, November 5, 2015
6. Cover and Camouflage Marker
A close-up view of the marker, in the Ravine Node, looking to the northwest, along the ravine (a key topographical feature) and the nearby walking trail bridge that spans the ravine.
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By Dale K. Benington, November 5, 2015
7. Cover and Camouflage Marker
View of the marker.
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By Dale K. Benington, November 5, 2015
8. Cover and Camouflage Marker
View of the nearby walking trail bridge that spans the ravine.
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By Dale K. Benington, November 5, 2015
9. Cover and Camouflage Marker
View of a map of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield park, showing the park's walking trail in red, and showing the "Ravine Node" (where this marker is located), in the lower center of the map.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on November 25, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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