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The Battle of Piqua, also known as the Battle of Pekowee or Pekowi, was part of the western campaign during the American Revolutionary War. Led by General George Rogers Clark, over 1,000 soldiers (among them Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton) crossed the Ohio River near present-day Cincinnati and burned five Shawnee villages, including Old Chillicothe, along the Little Miami River. Peter Loramie's Store, a British trading post-located in what was later Fort Loramie, Ohio in Shelby County, Ohio-, was also burned by Clark's men. The Shawnee gradually withdrew during the first few days before finally engaging American forces 7 miles west of Springfield, Ohio on August 8, 1780.[1] Joseph Rogers, a cousin of George Rogers Clark, had previously accompanied him to Kentucky and was later captured by the Shawnee near Maysville. Despite having been adopted by the tribe, he was killed during the battle while trying to join American forces.[2]

Battle of Piqua
Part of the American Revolutionary War
Battle of Piqua 1780 Illustration National Park Service.png
DateAugust 8, 1780
Result American pyrrhic victory
 Great Britain
United States United States
Kentucky Militia of Virginia State Forces
Commanders and leaders
Chief Black Hoof George Rogers Clark
450 Shawnee, Delaware, Wyandot and Mingo warriors 970 militia
Casualties and losses
Unknown (at least five killed-see link below) 42 killed
+ 9 killed/wounded prior to battle {see footnote below}
+2 DOW after battle
40 wounded
Battle of Piqua Map from National Park Service
Battle of Piqua battlefield park in 2009

After several hours of fighting, both sides suffered moderate casualties before scattering the small Shawnee rearguard. The campaign against the Shawnee in the Miami River Valley was intended to discourage further raids against Kentucky and other parts of the American frontier, and while no further raids were made by the Shawnee for the remainder of the American Revolutionary War, hostility greatly increased among the tribes living in the Ohio Country for years afterwards.[1]

The battle was the only major engagement fought in Ohio during the American Revolutionary War and a memorial trail and state park, the George Rogers Clark Memorial (39°54′45″N 83°54′30″W / 39.91250°N 83.90833°W / 39.91250; -83.90833) and Tecumseh State Park, was later built on the site of the battle by the Clark County Historical Society.[3][4][5]

An official ceremony was held on the 142nd anniversary to commemorate a monument to George Rogers Clark, an 18 ft. marble statue, as well as the birthplace of Tecumseh. The park was enlarged in 1930 [6] and, on the sesquicentennial celebration of the battle, an historical conference was held at nearby Wittenberg College on October 9, 1930.[7]


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  • Harrison, Lowell Hayes. George Rogers Clark and the War in the West. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1976.
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  • James, James Alton. The Life of George Rogers Clark. Chicago, Illinois: The University of Chicago Press, 1928.
  • Juday, Richard Roland. The Battle of Piqua: Revolutionary Encounter in Ohio. Dayton, Ohio: Grove-Merrit Publications, 1976.
  • Knepper, George. Ohio and Its People. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2003.
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  • O'Donnell, James H., III. Ohio's First Peoples. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2004.
  • Palmer, Frederick. Clark of the Ohio: A Life of George Rogers Clark. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1930.
  • Ricky, Donald B., ed. Encyclopedia of Ohio Indians. St. Clair Shores, Michigan: Somerset Publishers, Inc., 1998.
  • Skardon, Mary A. The Battle of Piqua, Aug. 8, 1780: Focal point in Ohio revolutionary history. Clark County Historical Society, 1964.
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  • Winkler, John F. Peckuwe 1780; The Revolutionary War on the Ohio River Frontier. Osprey Publishing; Campaign Series #327. 2018

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b Ohio Historical Society (2005-07-01). "Battle of Piqua".
  2. ^ The American Review: A Whig Journal, Devoted to Politics and Literature. Vol. I. No. 1. New York, 1848. (pg. 609)
  3. ^ Mercer, James Kazerta. Ohio Legislative History, 1913–1917. Vol. 5. Columbus, Ohio: F.J. Heer Printing Co., 1918. (pg. 487–488)
  4. ^ Torrey, Raymond H. State Parks and Recreational Uses of State Forests in the United States. National Conference on State Parks, 1926. (pg. 213)
  5. ^ Campen, Richard N. Outdoor Sculpture in Ohio. Chagrin Falls, Ohio: West Summit Press, 1980. ISBN 0-9601356-2-6
  6. ^ Federal Writers' Project. Ohio: The Ohio Guide. Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 1940. (pg. 502)
  7. ^ Quife, Milo M. "The Ohio Campaigns of 1782." The Mississippi Valley Historical Review. XVII.1 (January 1930): 515.
  8. ^ Rogers and Clark Papers, pp. 477–478