THE BATTLE OF PECKUWE
In June of 1780, after British and Indian forces had seized Ruddle’s Station (Fort Liberty) and Martin’s Station in Kentucky, Colonel George Rogers Clark proposed a counterattack. He ordered the land office near Harrodsburg closed and blocked all roads out of the area to help in raising an army. He also ordered a mobilization of the Kentucky militia. Colonel Ben Logan and Colonel Harrod brought troops, and all three (with about 1,000 men) met on July 31 at the mouth of the Licking River, where Covington, Kentucky is now located. They crossed the Ohio and built a blockhouse for their supplies and equipment at the present site of the Great American Ballpark. It is not known if Daniel Boone was left there as one of the guards or was with Colonel Logan’s unit as a scout. Simon Kenton was a scout for Clark’s army, but missed the battle. When Clark’s forces reached the Indian town of Chillicothe (Oldtown), just north of present- day Xenia, on August 7, they found it abandoned. They destroyed the buildings and camped for the night in a very heavy downpour. A scout returned from Peckuwe and reported that the Indians were preparing to fight. There were about 300 Indian warriors at the time-Shawnee, Mingo, Wyandot, and Delaware. About 1,200 Shawnee, including 400 warriors, had previously left for St. Louis.