United States Army Officer. Born at what was then Orange County, Virginia, he became an early friend of George Washington. In military service he survived Braddock's Defeat during the French and Indian War, served in Dunmore's War, and was an American commander involved in numerous engagements during the Revolution. In May of 1782, he was appointed to lead an expedition against the Indians of the Sandusky Plains, an area which is now in Wyandot County, Ohio. The American forces were defeated at the Battle of Sandusky on June 4 and 5 by Indians and British rangers from Fort Detroit. Separated from his men and taken captive by the Indians, Crawford was tortured and burned. Counties in Pennsylvania and Ohio were later named for him.
Bio by: E. Robert Malone
IN MEMORY OF COL. CRAWFORD WHO WAS BURNED BY THE INDIANS IN THIS VALLEY JUNE 11, 1782.
ERECTED BY THE WYANDOT COUNTY PATRIOTIC CITIZENS AUG. 27, 1994.
Gravesite Details This monument is a replica of one originally erected in 1877 on the traditional site of Crawford's death. That monument is no longer accessible to the public.