Colonel Augustin La Balme

Colonel Augustin La Balme (HMZOK)

Location: Columbia City, IN 46725 Whitley County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 9.143', W 85° 21.652'

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American Revolution

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With recommendation from Benjamin Franklin, Augustin de La Balme, former French Cavalry officer, came to America to assist in the American Revolution.

In November 1780, allegedly under secret orders from General George Washington, Colonel Augustin de La Balme, and a body of 104 men from Kaskaskia and Vincennes, raided the British stores at Kekionga (present day Fort Wayne). Leaving a detachment to guard the captured stores, his force marched out over the Eel River trail, the same path Colonel John Hardin followed ten years later.
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The Miami Indians, literally up in arms about this intrusion, destroyed the detachment left at Kekionga and attacked La Balme near the Eel River Trading Post. There his force was surrounded by a large body of warriors led by Chief Little Turtle. La Balme and his men fortified themselves on the banks of the Eel River just north of this location. After several days of conflict, they were defeated by an overwhelming force. The remains of Colonel de La Balme and approximately forty militiamen forever belong to the Eel River.
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HM NumberHMZOK
Series This marker is part of the Sons of the American Revolution series
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Year Placed2010
Placed ByThe Indiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 10:11pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 637538 N 4556968
Decimal Degrees41.15238333, -85.36086667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 9.143', W 85° 21.652'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 9' 8.58" N, 85° 21' 39.12" W
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Area Code(s)260
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6800-6852 E Dela Balme Rd, Columbia City IN 46725, US
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