Ohio History Journal

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Unveiling of Fort Recovery Monument

Unveiling of Fort Recovery Monument.       427


whose loss was unusually great, but also to the British, who

stood as sponsors to the movements of the tribesmen, for the

British were not only redoubling their assistance to the tribes,

supplying them with arms and munitions but were in their own

behalf taking bold measures of offensive warfare. For it was

at this time, April, (1794), that under the orders of Governor

Simcoe, three British companies, commanded by Colonel Richard

England, proceeded to the foot of the Maumee Rapids and

built a fort, a veritable stronghold on the left or northern bank

of the Maumee, "an encroachment of nearly forty miles upon

the American soil." This fortification, called Fort Miami, was

thoroughly armed and garrisoned under the command of Major

William Campbell, while only a mile and a half above the fort

and near the river rapids was the British agency of Superin-

tendent Alexander McKee, under whose management provi-

sions and arms were distributed to the Indians. The British,

as noted by Slocum in "The Ohio Country," also built another

post twelve to fifteen miles within the American territory, situ-

ated on Turtle Island, just outside the Maumee Bay, twenty

miles or so northeast from the Fort Miami.



On this day, associated with the holiest attributes, loyalty to

our country, love for our homes and gratitude to those who gave

up comfort, aye, even life, to aid heaven in making the lonely

forests blossom into fertile fields, we have gathered around a

common altar to render our individual and united tribute to

these our country's heroes.

Today we blend with the devotion of Christian worship

the impressive service in which the Nation expresses its regard

for those, who in two great struggles between races, opened

the gateway of the great Northwest, conquered, perhaps, or

bringing home the trophy of their gain, the long years have

made of them all, victors. Even the fallen accomplished their

share in the onward march of civilization. In all our National

history there is nothing which so stirs the imagination, reaches

down and opens deeper fountains of feeling, makes the heart

throb with nobler emotions or makes men more one with each