Ohio Archæological and Historical Society
Publications, Volume XX

Ohio Archæological and Historical Society Publications, Volume XX [1911], Page 61 [Click for larger image]Page 61

DELAWARE IN THE DAYS OF 1812. ALICE HILLS. [Miss Hills is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Delaware, Ohio, Chapter, for which she prepared the following bit of local history.] In the war of 1812, Ohio or a part o f it, was the scene of much military action in which our own country and town played no small part. Delaware, situated so nearly in the centre of the state about half way between Chillicothe, the capital and the scene of operations around Sandusky and Detroit, soon became the principal route for troops going from the Ohio River and Kentucky to the Lakes and Canada. In February, 1813, General William Henry Harrison on his way from Cincinnati to Sandusky (now Fremont), marched with one division of his army through Chillicothe and Franklinton, following the trail along the Scioto River and south of Stratford crossed over to the Olentangy. Here in what is known as Cole's cemetery, are buried two of his soldiers who died on this march. On reaching Delaware, the army entered the town by the principal road which skirted the river bank and which afterwards became Henry Street; they marched from there on up the street which is now Sandusky, named for the town which was Harrison's destination. Their route through Delaware along Henry Street was just a little east of the Deer Lick, which was known to the early settlers and to the Indians as the Medicine Water but which was later called the Sulphur Spring. As this Spring was far famed for the Medicinal qualities of its waters, what was more natural than that there should be a tavern near by where travelers could rest and drink the waters. This old tavern is interesting to us for more than one reason: besides being the point around which most of the business

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