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362 Ohio Arch

362        Ohio Arch. and Hist. Society Publications.


dedicatory exercises in honor of the battle which occurred near this

spot on July 30, 1813, when Major Ball's squadron, Second Light

Dragoons, U. S. Army, while escorting Colonel Wells of the Seventeenth

U. S. Infantry, from Major General Harrison's headquarters at Fort

Seneca to relieve Major Croghan of the command of Fort Stephenson

for alleged insubordination in refusing to evacuate the fort, was ambushed

by Indians, but gallantly charged them and killed seventeen with the


It is a source of much gratification to know that so many are

interested in this work and to know that the deeds of the men of nearly

a century ago are not forgotten in the hearts of the people. It is one

of the objects of the D. A. R. to perpetuate the memory of the spirit

of the men who helped to achieve American independence by the

acquisition and protection of historical spots and by the erection of

markers. In dedicating this marker we are endeavoring to place before

this generation and the generations to come, a memorial which will

ever call to mind the great deeds performed by the men of those early

days which aided in determining the fate of the Northwest, and the

great debt of gratitude we shall ever owe to them. And as this stone,

which we hope will endure for ages, is unveiled, may there be planted

in the hearts of each one present seeds of patriotism, civic pride, hope

and love which will grow and blossom, not only in our hearts, but

also in the hearts of those who will follow after us.

Mrs. Clayton R. Truesdall, state regent of the D. A. R.,

spoke for the state society and her first appearance before her

own chapter in such an office was greeted enthusiastically by the

members of the chapter. Her remarks were most excellent and

given in her usual attractive and charming manner.



Several years ago in conversation with a friend on literary style,

Mathew Arnold said: "People think I can teach them style. What stuff

it all is! Have something to say and say it as clearly as you can.

That is the only secret of style." So this morning is no time for any

special oratory but an occasion while many are forced to stand, to speak

briefly as ambassador of the Daughters of the Revolution in Ohio.

Our state has been one of the greatest battlegrounds in history.

Here the contest took place between the Indians and the advancing

civilization of Europe. Here was the scene of the last bitter encounter

between the two races, the Anglo-Saxon or British, and the Latin, or

French. Then came the reckoning between the divisions of the Anglo-

Saxon, the English, and Americans. Its inhabitants have listened to the

war-whoop of many savage nations, and been subservient to the banner

of France, England and the United States.