From The Fort Recovery State Museum: Walk the Battlefield of St. Clair's Defeat with an Expert and Author!

Walk the Battlefield of St. Clair's Defeat with an Expert and Author!

FORT RECOVERY, OH - On May 6, 2012, John Winkler, author of Wabash 1791, St. Clair’s Defeat, will lead walks of that battlefield located on the banks of the Wabash River in Fort Recovery, Ohio. 

Winkler will explain the disastrous decisions and actions that were made by General Arthur St. Clair.  The author will also describe the brilliant organization and tactics of the Native American Confederation and its leaders, Little Turtle (Miami) and Blue Jacket (Shawnee) in their total decimation of the United States Army. 

This is a rare opportunity and will appeal to history buffs who would appreciate walking in the footsteps of those who made history in the early days of the United States. 

The 1791 Battle of the Wabash was the greatest loss ever suffered by the United States Army and the greatest Victory of a Native Force over a white invading force in the history of the world.  It was a battle that had world-wide repercussions.

Two “walks” will be held, one at 1:00 and one at 3:00 on May 6. Participants will meet at the Fort Recovery State Museum, 1 Fort Site Street, Fort Recovery, 45846.  The cost of $20 also includes admission to the Fort Recovery State Museum and the May 6 Bob Van Trees Painting exhibit at the museum.  Reservations are required.  Call 419-375-4384 or email:  The walks are limited to 15 participants each.

John Winkler has written extensively in the legal field in addition to this historical account of this important battle. A graduate of Yale College, Winkler has graduate degrees from McGill and Harvard, and a law degree from Ohio State. He is a principle of the Winkler Law Firm in Columbus, OH.

            The Fort Recovery State Museum is one of the Ohio Historical Society Sites.  For more information, go to or contact Nancy Knapke, Site Manager, 419-375-4384, 419-852-6110.

About the Ohio Historical Society and the Ohio History Center 

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