The largest tomb of unknown soldiers in the U.S., the Fort Recovery Monument, has stood in Monument Park in Fort Recovery, Ohio, for more than a century.
A special ceremony this Sunday, May 5, 2013, will commemorate the centennial of its dedication and honor descendants of soldiers, civilians and Native Americans who fought in two battles there: the 1791 Battle of Wabash (also known as St. Clair’s Defeat) and the 1794 Battle of Fort Recovery.
The rededication begins at 3 p.m. at the monument, at the intersection of State Routes 49 and 119 in Fort Recovery and features John Winkler, author of Wabash 1791: St. Clair’s Defeat.
Approved by Congress in 1910
Congress approved construction of the monument honoring those who fought and died at Fort Recovery in 1910, after decades of efforts by area citizens to have a suitable memorial built.
Designed and built by Van Amringe Granite Co. of Boston, Mass., it features a 93-foot stone obelisk rising from a raised terrace. Remains of an estimated 1200 people who died in the 1791 and 1794 battles, discovered in 1851 in a mass grave, are entombed in a crypt below the monument. The Fort Recovery Monument was completed in 1912 and dedicated in 1913.
Nearby, at Fort Recovery State Museum and Battlefield, 1 Fortsite St., you can see exhibits on the two battles of the 1790s. This Sunday, May 5, with advance registration, you can tour the battlefield with author John Winkler at noon prior to the rededication. Click here for details.
Read more about the story of the monument and learn more about this weekend’s centennial events and visiting Fort Recovery at www.fortrecoverymuseum.com, website of Fort Recovery State Museum.