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Fort Jefferson Memorial photograph
Description: Memorial marking the site of Fort Jefferson in Darke County, Ohio. This monument was constructed in 1907, prior to the site becoming a property of the Ohio Historical Society. Fort Jefferson was built about six miles south of Greenville, Ohio, on the order of General Arthur St. Clair in October 1791. The purpose of the fort was to serve as a supply garrison for St. Clair's campaign against the area’s Native American population, hence its original name of Fort Deposit. In November 1791, St. Clair attacked the Indians, but under the leadership of Blue Jacket and Little Turtle, the local Miami tribe easily defeated St. Clair and his troops. This loss, which was one of the worst defeats of the American military at the hands of the Native Americans, came to be known as "St. Clair’s Defeat." During the battle, well over half of St. Clair’s 1,400 men were killed or wounded. After the battle, St. Clair’s men fled to Fort Jefferson, but found little in the way of supplies and quickly moved south to Fort Washington. Later, Fort Jefferson was used during the campaign of General Anthony Wayne before being abandoned in 1796. The location is now the site of the Fort Jefferson Memorial Park, one of the Ohio Historical Society's network of historic sites. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: SC283_006
Subjects: Forts & fortifications; St. Clair, Arthur, 1734-1818; Northwest Territory--History; American Indians--Warfare; Monuments & memorials; Fort Jefferson
Places: Greenville (Ohio); Darke County (Ohio);