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Letter: Descendants sought of Fort Recovery battles

August 25. 2013 12:47AM
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Descendants sought of Fort Recovery battles

The Fort Recovery Historical Society is searching for descendants of the participants who fought in the great Army/Native American battles fought on the banks of the Wabash in 1791 and 1794. In those two battles, nearly 900 of the 1,400 soldiers died, and their remains are now buried under the Fort Recovery Monument.

Although the first battle was a major victory for the 1,500 Native Americans, they too suffered serious losses in the second (Anthony Wayne) conflict.

In 1913, the U.S. Congress erected the Fort Recovery National Memorial in memory of the troop losses that occurred on this Wabash Battlefield. The Fort Recovery community is commemorating the 100th Anniversary of this monument on May 5th, and, during that ceremony, will recognize the descendants present.

Because a number of the survivors of these battles played an important part in the settling of the area, (Officers: St. Clair, Wayne, Butler, Wilkinsen, Van Cleve, Wells, etc.), it can be assumed that many descendants of these participants still remain in the area.

Any reader who can trace their lineage to those who fought in the Wabash 1791 Battle or the 1794 Battle of Fort Recovery, is invited to contact the re-dedication planners at:; the museum website:; or 419-375-4384.

Descendants will be welcomed and recognized at the May 5 event (3 p.m.) at the Fort Recovery State Memorial Park (intersection of SR 49 and ST 119).

Nancy Knapke, Committee Member, Fort Recovery Museum Director

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