Fort Defiance

Fort Defiance (HMC95)

Location: Defiance, OH 43512 Defiance County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 17.245', W 84° 21.458'

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The arrival of the Legion of the United States at this point on August 8, 1794 marked the end of General Anthony Wayne's difficult march, through swamps and forests, from Fort GreeneVille. On this site, in the center of the Indian country, General Wayne ordered a fort built. He said, "I defy the English, the Indians, and all the devils in Hell to take it," and called it Fort Defiance. Major Henry Burbeck, who earlier had built Fort Recovery, supervised the construction.

From here Wayne marched against the Indian forces gathered at the foot of the Maumee Rapids and defeated them in the Battle of Fallen Timbers. Fort Defiance then became an important link in a chain of military outposts in the Indian lands. At the time of the War of 1812, Fort Defiance was repaired and garrisoned, together with the newly-built Fort Winchester nearby, as an American base of operations against the British and the Indians. When peace came to the Maumee Valley the fort was abandoned.
HM NumberHMC95
Series This marker is part of the Daughters of the American Revolution series
Year Placed1958
Placed ByFort Defiance Chapter, D.A.R. in the Sesquicentennial Year of Ohio Statehood
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 10:48am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 721269 N 4574031
Decimal Degrees41.28741667, -84.35763333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 17.245', W 84° 21.458'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 17' 14.70" N, 84° 21' 27.48" W
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Area Code(s)419, 567
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 320 Fort St, Defiance OH 43512, US
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