Corys enlighten CCGS on local Rev War history
In the absence, of Dr. Wenner, Melissa Leppert read his secretaries report from last months meeting. Mary said that she and Kevin retrieved the box of books that were stored at AAA given by Dodie Eicher when she downsized in N. Dakota. Mary asked if the members agreed with her that she should give them to the Bucyrus Library. It was unanimous that she give them to the Genealogy room at the library for those who come for research. Books to be given are the 1902 History of Crawford Co. indexed by Carl Shumaker; Hopley’s two volume History, Families of Crawford County; Cemetery Volume 2A Oakwood and Fairview cemeteries; and from Warren Lutz garage sale, 1870 and 1850 Census books.
Since there was no more new business, Kevin Kohls, program chairman introduced Mark Cory and wife, Tami. Mark is a teacher at Colonel Crawford and his passion for History is very evident in his rapid fire description of the last days of the Revolutionary War which happened in our own backyard of Crawford Co. Debbie interacted with him in telling what the wives were doing to help in the war.
Ohio was still not a state so it actually was in the Northwest Territory. Colonel Crawford’s campaign to the Sandusky Plains originated in Pennsylvania . 480 Volunteers all mounted and well armed gathered for assembly at Mingo Bottom. Their course was through unbroken forest, to the Tuscarawas River. On the banks of this river were the destroyed towns of Schoenbrunn, Gnadenhut-ten and Salem. They passed through Crawford County and got as far as Upper Sandusky without meeting the enemy.
The Americans had advanced about 2 miles north of Upper Sandusky when they met the enemy. There were the Delaware, and the Wyandots under the command of British Captain Elliott. Being greatly outnumbered they were able to circle south and west and do a retreat that night. Colonel Crawford and Dr. Knight got separated and were captured near the town of Leesville.They were taken to the headquarters of the Delaware Indians and Col. Crawford was burned at the stake.
The remaining troups under the leadership of Col. David Williamson reached the town of Wyandot where they saw in the distance a large force of mounted Indians and Butler’s Rangers following in pursuit. What transpired next was the Battle of Olentangy. The battle did not last long as a thunder storm came and they couldn’t keep their powder dry. After the battle was over the Americans buried their dead.
Three soldiers were buried at the site of the battle which occurred in a cow pasture which is across Parcher road and is included in Tom Shawk’s farm. Mark’s hope for the future is to find the graves, re bury the 3 soldiers at Hanna School in North Robinson with full military honors as a tribute to our Revolutionary heritage .