Burial of the British Casualties
The two histories of Sandusky County (Everett 1882, Meek 1909) refer to the burial of the British dead by the Americans. The rank and file, it is said, were buried "in the bottom east of the fort and near the river" (Ev. 506). The officers Shortt and Gordon were buried "with honors due to their rank and bravery" (Ev. 115) on land just west of the fort, now occupied by Fremont junior high school. A map published in 1869 shows these two graves.
In 1891, when the old high school was being erected on this site, "graves and bones of two soldiers were found" (Meek 92). They had been buried in caskets and were appropriately reinterred. With the remains were found metal buttons bearing the regiment's number, 41. Some were retained and are now in Fort Stephenson Museum, Birchard Library.
These burials, long known, had never been marked. During the Fort Stephenson Sesquicentennial in 1963, The Sandusky County Historical Society dedicated a commemorative wood marker at the south-east corner of the junior high school, at High and Garrison streets. This was replaced with a bronze tablet, affixed to the stone wall of the building at the same location, and rededicated in September 1965, patriotic societies and school children participating.
The bronze tablet on the junior high wall reads as follows
LT. COL. WM. C. SHORTT, LT. J. G.
GORDON, 1 SERGEANT, 1 DRUMMER, AND 21
RANK AND FILE OF THE 41 ST REGIMENT
BRITISH REGULARS, WHO DIED IN THE
ASSAULT OF FORT STEPHENSON, AUGUST 2,
1813; AND THE SUCCEEDING AMITY
BETWEEN THE CONTENDING NATIONS.
[Reprinted by permission, from the Sandusky County Historical Society's History Leaflet No. 4, September 1967]
The cemetery is located in the City of Fremont, Sandusky County, Ohio, and is # 10676 (British Graves – Site 1) in “Ohio Cemeteries 1803-2003”, compiled by the Ohio Genealogical Society.
GPS Coordinates: 41.34557, -83.11619
- Added: 12 Jun 2009
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2309499
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