Side A: Built on this high ridge, Fort Nesbit (Nisbet) offered protection for settlers, travelers, and army supply trains in northern Preble and southern Darke counties during the War of 1812. It was part of a chain of forts that extended from Fort St. Clair to Fort Wayne and Fort Meigs during this conflict. Captain James I. Nesbit built the stockade fort and was stationed there with a company of fifty-six soldiers. After the siege by the British in the summer of 1813, Captain Nesbit’s company was sent to northwest Ohio to defend Fort Meigs. Captain Richard Sloan’s and Lieutenant Silas Fleming’s companies of Ohio militia, which largely consisted of Preble county men, garrisoned the fort after the departure of Captain Nesbit’s company. Details concerning the appearance of the fort are lacking, but there was at least one blockhouse and a stockade. The last documented use of the fort was for a wedding in 1826.