History & Tourism

It Happened In Richland County: The Great Cattle Stampede Of 1812

18 Feb , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Here’s the first post in a new series here on 1812Blockhouse which we’re calling “It Happened in Richland County.” The point of each post is to share a story about the county’s past that might bring a tear to your eye or a smile to your face. Each happened right here.

We begin with a tale from the fall of 1812, when Richland County was brand new and a rather dangerous place. Skirmishes between British, Native American, and American troops were commonplace.

Ohio Governor Meigs issued a call for able bodied men to come to the aid of settlers in the frontier regions of the state. Enter a band of Ohio Volunteer Militia led by General Reasin Beall who gathered together at Wooster. Soon alarmed by news that two Richland County families had been killed by members of the Delaware tribe, Beall’s army soon headed west.

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