Historical marker in Whitley County

Augustin Mottin de la Balme was a French cavalry officer who served in the United States during the Revolutionary War. A Daughters of the American Revolution historical marker can be found along Dela Balme Road near Columbia City in Whitley County. He led a group of soldiers who fought against the Miami Indians led by Chief Little Turtle along and near the Eel River in Whitley County in 1780. The Miami lived in a village along the Eel River and attacked La Balme before he reached the Eel River trading post. La Balme and his men fortified themselves on the banks of the river. There was a battle that lasted either several days or weeks; accounts vary of the battle. La Balme was eventually defeated by an overwhelming force and he died in the battle. Only a few survivors managed to escape the battle. Fortunately the DAR marked this important piece of history from a time when America fought for its independence.

DAR Historical Marker-Whitley County 001

Historical marker in Whitley County.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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