Fort Meigs / Construction

Fort Meigs / Construction (HMS81)

Location: Perrysburg, OH 43551 Wood County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 33.114', W 83° 39.156'

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Construction on Fort Meigs began in February 1813. Soldiers traveling to Fort Meigs passed through the Great Black Swamp, a nearly impenetrable morass 40 miles across and 120 miles wide south of the fort. The harsh winter weather and frontier conditions made the construction of the fort a severe challenge.

February 1813

"An immense deal of labor was to be performed in excavating ditches, and making abatis, and clearing away the wood about the camp at a time when the weather was extremely severe and the ground so hard frozen that it was almost impossible to open it with a spade and pick-ax. But in the use of the ax, mattock, and spade consisted all the military knowledge of the army. So we fell to work to bury ourselves as fast as possible and heard nothing of the enemy."
Capt. Eleazer D. Wood
U.S. Corps of Engineers
HM NumberHMS81
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 6:37am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 278773 N 4603424
Decimal Degrees41.55190000, -83.65260000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 33.114', W 83° 39.156'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 33' 6.84" N, 83° 39' 9.36" W
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Area Code(s)419, 567
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 27400-27498 Fort Meigs Rd, Perrysburg OH 43551, US
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