Fort Recovery in Mercer County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Strong, tall, redheaded Nance
clung her baby tight,
and ferociously wielding
her frying pan,
held off the brutal
St. Clair Battle, 1791
Location. 40° 24.857′ N, 84° 46.82′ W. Marker is in Fort Recovery, Ohio, in Mercer County. Marker is on Fort Site Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Recovery OH 45846, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Fort Recovery (a few steps from this marker); St. Clair's Defeat (a few steps from this marker); Greene Ville Treaty Line (a few steps from this marker); Sha'anoe Warrior Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Clair’s Defeat / Wayne’s Victory (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. Richard Butler (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Clair's Defeat / Fort Recovery (approx. ¼ mile away); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Recovery.
"What is the story of Red Haired Nance? Benjamin Van Cleve was 18 years old when he joined Arthur St. Clair’s expedition into Indian country. The quote below is from his account of the retreat at the Battle of the Wabash (Nov 4, 1791) back to Fort Jefferson.
“I hesitated whether to leave the road or whether I was capable of further exertions. If I left the road the Indians were in plain sight & could easily overtake me. I threw the shoes off my feet & the coolness of the ground seemed to revive me. I again began a trot & recollect when a bend in the road offered & I got before half a dozen persons to have thought that it would occupy some time of the enemy to massacre these before my turn would come. By the time I had got to Stillwater (about eleven miles) I had gained the centre of the flying troops & like them came to a walk. I fell in with Lieutenant Shaumburgh (who if my recollection serves me was the only officer of artillery that got away unhurt), with Corporal Mott & a woman who was called red headed Nance - the latter two were both crying. Mott was lamenting the loss of his wife & Nance of an infant child. Shaumburgh was nearly exhausted & hung on Motts arm. I carried his fuse & accoutrements & led Nance. In this sociable way we came together & arrived at Jefferson a little after sunset.”
From the Memoirs of Benjamin Van Cleve, edited by Beverley
— Submitted November 3, 2016, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio.
Categories. • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian •
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