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Fort Recovery

Siege of Fort Recovery

Photo of fort recovery links to ohio pix database page, AL01007 "Major Henry Burbeck, marched from this place . . . With orders to possess the Field of Action of the 4th of November 1791, & there to fortify . . ."

Major General Anthony Wayne, Greeneville, to Secretary of War Henry Knox, January 8, 1794

photo of obelisk Monument at Fort Recovery links to the OhioPix page featuring this image, AL01007 In late 1791, a confederacy of Indian warriors led by Little Turtle and Blue Jacket surprised and overwhelmed an American army of about 1,600 men under Major General Arthur St. Clair at this site along the Wabash River. Well over half of St. Clair's troops were killed or wounded in this greatest of all Indian victories over American military forces. In December 1793, Major General Anthony Wayne sent a detachment to the site to begin a four-sided picketed post with a projecting blockhouse at each corner. Completed the following March, it was christened Fort Recovery to signify it was no longer under Indian control. On June 30, 1794, what is believed to be the largest-ever assemblage of Indian warriors east of the Mississippi River attacked the fort but were driven away by the American defenders. The confederacy never recovered from this set back, setting the stage for Wayne's final triumph at Fallen Timbers later that summer on August 20.

Today the Fort Recovery State Memorial offers visitors a glimpse of the 1790s with two reconstructed blockhouses and connecting stockade wall, an obelisk monument, and newly renovated museum exhibits.

Hours: May

Monday - Friday CLOSED
Saturday - Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Hours: June August
Daily 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Groups by appointment
Call 419-375-4649

Hours: September
Monday - Friday CLOSED
Saturday - Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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OHS Members and Fort Recovery Museum Patrons FREE
Adults $5.00
Children 6 - 12 $2.00
Children 5 & under FREE
School Groups $2.00 per person
Park Admission FREE

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Fort Recovery is near the intersection of State Route 119 and State Route 49, in the village of Fort Recovery, in Mercer County.

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General Information

Fort Recovery
Fort Recovery Historical Society
One Fort Site Street
Ft. Recovery, OH 45846-9314

1-800-283-8920 (toll free)

Site Manager:
N. Knapke

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