A new historical marker was unveiled over the weekend which tells a different perspective of the rich history along the Brandenburg shores of the Ohio River.
On Saturday (10/15) afternoon a new marker was unveiled the annual River Fest in Brandenburg Riverfront Park. A small crowd gathered including local officials, historians, and descendants of Big Joe Logsdon for the unveiling ceremony. After a prayer and comments, Mayor Ronnie Joyner and Andrew Patrick with Kentucky Historical Society unveiled the marker.
Big Joe Logsdon a pioneer from Maryland who scouted for General George Washington in the Revolutionary War. After the war he moved to Kentucky finally coming to the area that became Meade County. Big Joe and five pioneers were on guard there when a Huron (Wyandotte) war party of a dozen or more Indians came across the Ohio River and beached their canoes in the mouth of Flippens Run at its confluence with the Ohio. The Indians were watched as they scaled East Hill and approached the scattering of log cabins located in what would 28 years later become known as Brandenburg.
When the Indians advanced up the hill the pioneers fired amongst them, and charged forcing the Indians to fall back toward their canoes. A running battle from tree to tree ensued. There were casualties among the Indians of several killed and wounded, and they were forced back across the Ohio River. The last Indian to depart from his canoe was wearing a British red coat. After the war the British were stirring up the Indians to raid Kentucky. When Big Joe saw the red coat he fired across the river killing the last of the war party. That miraculous shot of some 600 to 800 yards added to his fame.
The marker stands in line with other statues and plaques which depicts the communities history involving the early settlers, underground railroad, and the civil war along the shore of the Brandenburg river front.
Credits: Gerry Fischer – Historical Account/ Fran Fischer – Photos