Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Summary of All Things Legion - Part III: Historic Sites

There are several sites that can be visited to learn more about the Legion of the United States and the short period in which they were in existence.  These range from simple roadside parks to a national battlefield.  The list below includes most of what the U.S. Army calls the Miami Campaign, so these sites cover roughly the period of 1790-95.

There are several other locations that may have a simple roadside marker, but those are so numerous as to be overwhelming.  These sites are worthy of a stop 


Tellico Blockhouse - ruins of a blockhouse that was manned by a detachment of Wayne's army.  Part of the Fort Loudoun State Park, and within sight of the Great Smoky Mountains.


Legionville - site of Wayne's camp during the winter of 1792-93.

St. Clair Cemetery - resting place of Arthur St. Clair

Wayne Blockhouse - first resting place of Anthony Wayne


Butler County Soldiers, Sailors, and Pioneers Monument - site of Fort Hamilton.  Not only is the monument impressive, but there are numerous related markers in the immediate vicinity.

Big Bottom Memorial Park - Site of a "massacre" in 1791.

Fort St. Clair Park - Located in Eaton, this beautiful site has several historical markers covering a wide period of history.

Fort Jefferson Memorial Park - One of two forts built during St. Clair's ill-fated 1791 campaign, this quiet roadside park six miles from Greenville is one of my favorite places to just relax and ponder.  Several plaques donate areas that were important to the fort, and there are other markers that give the story of Fort Jefferson.

Garst Museum - located in Greenville, this museum covers a vast amount of local history, including Lowell Thomas and Annie Oakley, along with a room dedicated to Fort Greene Ville and the Indian Wars.

Fort Recovery State Museum - located where two battles took place (Battle of the Wabash and the Battle of Fort Recovery) the area is steeped in frontier history.  From the iconic monument a couple of blocks from the museum, to the two blockhouses, there is a lot to see.  The displays in the museum are very good.  Also has a shop with a good selection of related books (bring cash as the museum does not accept credit cards).

Old Fort Defiance Park - located at the confluence of the Auglaize and Maumee Rivers, this park has an excellent view, several markers, and is close to several other historic areas (Fort Winchester, Pontiac's birthplace, Johnny Appleseed).

Fallen Timbers Battlefield Memorial Park - Incorrectly located for the battle of Fallen Timbers, this is still a part of the general battlefield area and has several markers and monuments to read, and provides a nice view of the Maumee River.

Fallen Timbers National Historic Site - A newer unit of the National Park Service, this location is more correctly placed for the Battle of Fallen Timbers.  Interpretive trails and a new visitor's center enhance your visit.

Fort Miamis National Historic Site - Built by the British on American soil, it was here that the redcoats shut the doors on the Indians as they fled from Fallen Timbers.

If you are looking for a guide to take you to these and other period related sites, my company, Walking With History LLC, can arrange a tour for you.

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