Friday, August 8, 2003

Ohio Moments

'Savage fierceness' marked Battle of Piqua

On the afternoon of Aug. 8, 1780, Col. George Rogers Clark, a few Army regulars and about 1,000 Kentucky militiamen - including Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton - were attacked by hundreds of Indians near the Shawnee village of Piqua, a few miles from what is now Springfield, Ohio.

They warred until dusk - "with a savage fierceness on both sides," Clark recalled. Fourteen of his men were killed. About a dozen Indian bodies were found the next day, but Clark claimed twice that many dead Indians had been carried off as the tribe fled in the night.

In revenge for Shawnee raids on Kentucky settlements, the brigade destroyed the Indian homes at Piqua - as well as hundreds of acres of corn and vegetables.

John Paul, a member of Clark's Expedition, returned to the area in 1790 and built a home. He is believed to have been the first white settler of Clark County - named in honor of George Rogers Clark.

Ohio State Fair history

In 1941, for the first time, 150 women were hired in place of men as ticket takers.

Rebecca Goodman

Throughout this year's Ohio State Fair, which runs until Aug. 17, the Enquirer will look back at significant moments in its history. E-mail or call (513) 768-8361.

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