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  • 1-88 Photo of Marker along CR 29 looking west towards RT. 199 1-88 Photo of Marker along CR 29 looking west towards RT. 199
  • 1-88 Close up of the Marker 1-88 Close up of the Marker
  • 1-88 The Marker looking east on CR 29. The lane at the left goes to the monument as described on the Marker. 1-88 The Marker looking east on CR 29. The lane at the left goes to the monument as described on the Marker.
  • 1-88 The monument in Ritchie Cemetery. 1-88 The monument in Ritchie Cemetery.
  • 1-88 The monument 1-88 The monument
  • 1-88 At the base on the monument. 1-88 At the base on the monument.
  • 1-88 A park in the village of Crawford at RT. 199 and CR 29, looking north. 1-88 A park in the village of Crawford at RT. 199 and CR 29, looking north.
  • 1-88 A marker in the park at 199 and CR 29 1-88 A marker in the park at 199 and CR 29
  • 1-88 Marker 88-1 Front 1-88 Marker 88-1 Front
  • 1-88 Battle Island Marker 1-88 Battle Island Marker
  • 1-88 Colonel William Crawford 1-88 Colonel William Crawford
Title, side A
Colonel William Crawford
Title, side B
The 1782 Sandusky Campaign
Text, side A
Colonel William Crawford, a lifelong friend of George Washington, was born in Virginia in 1722. He was married twice, first to Ann Stewart and later to Hannah Vance. In 1755, he served with Colonel Edward Braddock in the French and Indian war. In 1767, he moved to "Stewart's Crossing," Pennsylvania, near the Youghiogheny River. During the Revolutionary War he raised a company of men, commanded the 5th and 7th Regiments, fought in battles in Long Island, Trenton, and Princeton, and built forts along the western frontier. In 1782, he led the Sandusky Campaign into the Ohio country and was subsequently captured by Delaware Indians after the battle of "Battle Island." On June 11, 1782, he was tortured and killed near the Tymochtee Creek near this marker. A monument dedicated to his memory is located about a quarter mile north of here. Counties in Ohio and Pennsylvania are named for Colonel Crawford.
Text, side B
At the twilight of the American Revolutionary War, British forces hired American Indians to conduct attacks on pioneers living along the Ohio and Pennsylvania border. In response the 13th Virginia Regiment, an over 400-man mounted unit formed by General William Irvine, was led by Colonel William Crawford to destroy the Sandusky towns of the Wyandots and Delawares. This volunteer army departed Mingo Bottom on May 25, 1782, and headed west into the Ohio country. On June 4 they met an Indian force at an area called "Battle Island," located between Carey and Upper Sandusky. The Americans held the field, but withdrew when the British reinforced the Indians with Butler's Rangers and Shawnee Indians. Crawford was ultimately captured, tortured, and killed by Delaware Indians.
Location
Located on an entrance road to the Ritchie Cemetery .9 mile east from Highway 199 on Wyandot County
Coordinates
Latitude: 40.552070, Longitude: -83.197360.
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