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liberty that we are enjoying to-day, and I wish to say that upon this
spot, this historic spot that the tide turned in favor of the American
nation, in the war of 1812-13. How unfortunate you are to have within
your corporate limits the most historic spot in the United States of
America. I never stood upon this ground, upon this battlefield until to-
day. My mind turns back to my youthful days, when I read of the
ory of the American people, in the person of Col. Webb C. Hayes.
I thank you for your attention for you must be getting tired and I
will leave you, saying that I am glad it was my privilege to be with
you to-day, and I will ever remember this meeting as long as I live.
This day will be deep in my memory.
ADDRESS OF E. O. RANDALL.
SECRETARY OHIO ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
The only apology I have for the honor of appearing before you on
this interesting occasion is that my college friend of years ago, your
splendid, patriotic and enterprising fellow-citizen, Colonel Webb. C.
Hayes, invited me to come; his apology being that I am an official of
the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, whose business it
is to gather, preserve and disseminate the lore, historic and prehistoric
of our great state. The orator of the day, the Hon. Samuel D. Dodge,
has recited to you in graphic terms the history that led up to the
siege of Fort Stephenson and the incomparable bravery and patriotism
with which the youth George Croghan and his gallant little band defended
the crude stockade fort and stemmed the tide that to that moment seemed
against the Americans. The successful repulse of Proctor and the British