Ohio History Journal

  • 1
  • 2

Forty-First Annual Meeting 639

Forty-First Annual Meeting             639

be given to the portion dealing with Fallen Timbers.

The State and Federal Governments fell short in their

appropriation for that park. Mr. Sherman and I con-

ferred, and I suggested that as Fallen Timbers is prac-

tially at Toledo's threshold, the people of Toledo

should join in carrying out the plan. Mr. Sherman

agreed to undertake to raise $25,000. It has been a long

drawn out fight, would have discouraged anybody ex-

cept Mr. Sherman. I think he will be successful.

Secretary C. B. Galbreath then read Mr. Sherman's

report, which follows:

Your Committee on



respectfully report as follows:



A tract of forty-two acres on the right bank of the Maumee

River directly opposite the village of the same name, includes

the site of the old Harrison Fort, the earthworks of which are

still plainly in evidence. They proved invincible when attacked

by the united forces of Proctor and Tecumseh in May, 1813. An

imposing gray granite shaft, erected by the State, marks this

historic spot. The grounds are splendidly maintained by the

Commission appointed by the Governor and are under the im-

mediate supervision of an excellent caretaker.



Built in 1680 by Lieutenant-Governor Frontenac as a French

Military Trading Post, abandoned shortly thereafter for a loca-

tion farther west, re-built by the English Governor Simcoe in

1794, abandoned in 1796 after the treaty of Greenville, occupied

and abandoned by the American forces and re-occupied and re-

abandoned by the British General Proctor in the War of 1812,

this ancient fortress has the distinction of being not only the old-

est in the State, but as having triumphantly floated the flags

of three nations. At the time of the Battle of Fallen Timbers,

it was occupied by Major Campbell, the British Commander,