Birthplace of Tecumseh

Birthplace of Tecumseh (HM94V)

Location: Xenia, OH 45385 Greene County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 43.375', W 83° 56.069'

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[Marker Front]:
The great Native American Shawnee leader, Tecumseh, was born on the bank of a large spring at this site in 1768, at the very instant that a great meteor seared across the skies. The birth occurred while his parents, Shawnee war chief, Pucksinwah, and his wife, Methotasa, were en route from their village of Kispoko Town, on the Scioto River, to a major tribal council at the Shawnee tribal capital village of Chalahgawth (Chillicothe - now Oldtown), which was located "two arrow flights" northwest of this site. Though prohibited by tribal tradition from becoming chief of the Shawnees, Tecumseh rose to become one of the greatest warriors, orators, and military strategists of any tribe in America.

[Marker reverse]:
To oppose the grave threat of rapidly encroaching white settlement on Native American lands, Tecumseh successfully molded and became the leader of a confederation of tribes numbering some 50,000 warriors. This opposition might well have succeeded had it not been for his jealous younger brother, Tenskwatawa, The Prophet, whose rash acts precipitated the Battle of Tippecanoe and undermined all Tecumseh's efforts. Forced by circumstance to ally himself and his remaining followers with the British in the War of 1812, Tecumseh was killed at the Battle of the Thames near present Chatham, Canada on October 5, 1813.
HM NumberHM94V
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number3-29
Year Placed1992
Placed ByThe Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Ohio and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker Condition
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 12:48pm PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] JON L. MILLER  [2] JON L. MILLER  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 248483 N 4401122
Decimal Degrees39.72291667, -83.93448333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 43.375', W 83° 56.069'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 43' 22.50" N, 83° 56' 4.14" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1360 Old Springfield Pike, Xenia OH 45385, US
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