ME-SHE-KIN-NO-QUAH - - Conclusion.
Little Turtle. American Indian war chief, leader of his people, esteemed in death much as he was in life. Very much so and in a surprising way? This is a story worth telling!
Here with a web site dedicated to the grave site and final resting place of the great American Indian war chief Little Turtle.
That grave of Little Turtle accidentally discovered intact about one hundred years after the death of the man, Little Turtle buried with the sword as presented to him by President George Washington.
That grave rather than disturbed or trampled upon - - the remains of Little Turtle NOT dishonored and desecrated, NOT made into an object of ridicule - - instead contained in a manner that is nothing less than reverential. Those descendants of the white American settlers showing great respect for the one-time adversary, a military commander who fought for his cause in a honorable and courageous fashion!
"THIS SITE HONORS THE GREAT CHIEF OF THE MIAMI MESHEKINNOQUA. 'THE LITTLE TURTLE'. SON OF CHIEF ACQUENACQUE, 1751-1812"
"HE IS HELD IN THE HEARTS OF HIS PEOPLE, ALLIES AND FOES WITH THE HIGHEST HONOR AND RESPECT FOR HIS COURAGEOUS VALOR AND PEACEMAKING."
I couldn't have said it better myself.
That sword presented to Little Turtle from the very hands of George Washington himself - - now on display at the Wayne County Museum, an artifact of inestimable value and a reminder of a man of valor from almost two hundred years ago - - BUT SCARCELY FORGOTTEN!!
And RIGHTLY SO too!!
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