Within a few miles of here lived and died Joel Leftwich, militia general, legislator, justice of the peace, and Revolutionary War veteran. In the War of 1812, he commanded a brigade of Virginia militia that marched in the winter of 1812-1813 to assist Gen. William Henry Harrison defeat the British in Ohio. While there, Leftwich’s men helped build Fort Meigs, the largest wooden- palisaded fort in North America. In the summer of 1814, he also commanded a militia brigade that marched to the outskirts of Baltimore to assist in protecting Washington and Baltimore from further British threats.
Original Sponsor: Cham Light, Jr., Leftwich Family Association
Geographic Location: Bedford County
Physical Description of Location: 1042-1074 E Lynchburg Salem Turnpike (US 460), Bedford, VA 24523. Marker is on right when traveling west on US 460, just prior to exit ramp to Main Street.
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