Saturday, June 7, 2003

Ohio Moments


In Battle of Olentangy, colonel won, then lost

On June 7, 1782, Col. William Crawford, a Revolutionary War hero and the person for whom Crawford County, Ohio, was named, was captured by Indians after beating them in the Battle of the Olentangy.

Crawford, a surveyor and soldier, spent a good portion of his post-war life defending .

Three months before the Battle of the Olentangy, a Pennsylvania militia had massacred the pacifist Christian Delaware at Gnadenhutten in Ohio in retaliation for a raid on a white settlement. The Mingo and Delaware of Ohio were bent on avenging the brutal slayings.

The day after the Indians lost the battle, they captured Crawford and several of his men. They tortured Crawford, scalping and branding him and cutting off his nose and ears before burning him at the stake.

Rebecca Goodman

E-mail rgoodman@enquirer.com or call (513) 768-8361.




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