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Miami Campaign

5 December 2011

The United States Army calls the conflicts in the Old Northwest Territory the Miami Campaign.  This campaign includes three expeditions against the Indian tribes north of the Ohio River (Harmar's, St. Clair's, and Wayne's).  In a previous post I have already discussed using the Frying Pan & Blanket Amalgamated figures for Anthony Wayne's campaign, but those figures are not suitable (based on my research) for Harmar's and St. Clair's.  However, in a brand new release by Osprey Publishing, written by John F. Winkler and titled Wabash 1791: St. Clair's Defeat, the illustrations show headgear that is similar to that worn by Wayne's men (round hats, turned up on the left, with a bear crest and plume).  I am fairly certain that the distinctive headgear used by Wayne's men, in which each sub-legion has a certain combination of color plume, binding, and bear crest, was approved after St. Clair's campaign had concluded.  I say that because St. Clair had but two regiments of regulars, and two of levies, and nowhere have I come across any distinctions for each regiment.

Having said that, one could still, if one believes the illustrations within Wabash 1791 to be correct, use the Wayne's Legion figures sold by FP&BA, mixing in command figures from the Revolutionary range. 

I have been busy of late, getting back into this period, and to that end I have created a Google Map of sites for the Miami Campaign.  I have some holes to fill; for example I know of three monuments along Ohio 49 between Greeneville and Fort Recovery, but want to make certain I have their exact locations correct.  In the meantime, you can clearly see the area along western Ohio that St. Clair and Wayne traversed through.  Eventually I will add lines showing their exact routes, as far as I can determine them.

I am also trying to find data about the Anthony Wayne Parkway Board, the group that created the Anthony Wayne Memorial Parkway in the 1950s and 60s.  Many of the sites on the map have an historical marker that was installed by this committee.  Alas, I also know that some of these markers are missing (I know of two, one along U.S. 127 in New Miami and one along the same highway north of Celina marking the location of Fort Adams).  Finding info about the markers that were originally installed will hopefully lead me to convincing the state to "renew" its interest in the Parkway.  Currently, other than the scattered markers, there is no signage for tourists to follow if they want to follow in St. Clair's and Wayne's footsteps. 

Tags: anthony wayne parkway board, john f. winkler, miami campaign, wabash 1791


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