Little Turtle deserves space with Gen. Wayne
I am strongly supportive of Johnny Warren’s letter in the Jan. 8 editorial section. Off and on throughout the ’80’s I was either an employee or a volunteer at Historic Fort Wayne. So my wealth of knowledge in regard to history of the eras of Chief Little Turtle and Gen. Anthony Wayne is vast. It had to be, it was my job!
His idea to not only move Wayne’s statue but Little Turtle’s as well to the Courthouse Green is wonderful. Both men had such large roles in the history of Fort Wayne that to do so would be an honor to both. It would also reflect this city’s present-day cultural variety and set an example of our tolerance of ethnic diversity. The frescos within the courthouse depict both the original inhabitants and those of us who came later; should not also the Courthouse Green?
Little Turtle was one of the greatest war chiefs to lead his people into battle. In 1790, he defeated Gen. Harmer right here in our present-day city on and near the banks of the St. Joe River. In 1791, in St. Mary’s Ohio, he inflicted the worst defeat ever suffered by the United States at the hands of Native Americans. Sinclair’s defeat was so decisive it took another three years for Wayne to mount his invasion.
Everyone has heard of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse and their defeat of Custer at The Little Bighorn, and the loss of Custer’s entire direct command of less than 300 men. Few, however, know of Sinclair’s defeat and how when Wayne came through three years later they buried the remains of nearly 650 fallen soldiers of Sinclair’s command. That does not count all the others lost while fleeing in panic back to Fort Adams in Cincinnati.
Eventually when all the cards were on the table, Little Turtle was an advocate for peace, to save the lives and at the time some of the lands of his people. In an era where the cry of freedom and the honoring and respect of our veterans resound, from public service announcements to license plates and bumper stickers, can we do no less for him? He was a man who fought for the freedom of his people with honor and pride.
There are two areas of the Courthouse Green near the corners of Clinton and Main and Berry and Main. Perhaps Little Turtle on Main and Wayne on Berry right across the street from the old Anthony Wayne Bank. It would honor both men and be a shining example of our Fort Wayne Heritage.
Michael J. Ward (Pvt. Amos Lasley, 3rd Regt. Garrisoned Fort Wayne, Indiana Territory)
Our task: care for our children, even unborn
This month marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade. Since abortion-on-demand was legalized, more than 55 million babies have been slaughtered in the United States.
Time magazine featured an article last week suggesting that the pro-abortion side might be losing. Perhaps this is partially true. Maybe those of us who fight for the lives of the unborn are winning, but it certainly doesn’t feel that way on the front lines.
Every Thursday my children and I stand in front of our local abortion facility. We watch women rush into the facility guarded by “security” from our pleas to help them and their unborn child. Our cries of, “What can we do for you? What do you need?” are drowned out by the facility’s two boom boxes.
It does not feel like a win when you are standing in the cold watching scared women, who feel as though they have no choice, make a decision to end the life of their child. I hope and pray that we will see an end to abortion in this country very soon and that Roe v Wade will not survive to kill another generation.
In the words of our president, “This is our first task: caring for our children.” I believe that this includes our preborn children.