Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Fallen Timbers Monument, Maumee

This monument, in Maumee just west of Toledo, stands on a portion of the battlefield where, on Aug. 20, 1794, Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne and his army met the Native American confederacy led by Chief Little Turtle. Casualties were relatively light on both sides in spite of fierce fighting. But, this victory for Gen. Wayne's army led to the signing of the Treaty of Greenville, which opened the way for US settlement of the Northwest Territory; aka, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Just nine years later, Ohio would become a state.
The figures on the monument are Gen. Wayne flanked by a Kentucky militiaman and a Native American warrior.
The monument has numerous plaques and reliefs memorializing the various combatants, and notably honors the Native Americans who fought and died as well as the US forces. According to the monument's website: " The monument site is a symbol of recognition and reconciliation for American Indians."
A section of the area where the armies marched in to meet each other, looking down the hill from the monument, across the floodplains toward the Maumee River.

1 comment:

Russ Martin (AKA "Steeple Chaser") said...

A nice little piece of history and a great post. Thanks Shari.

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