When the War of 1812 started the commander of the 4th Division of the Ohio Militia, Major General Elijah Wadsworth, organized a defense of northeastern Ohio with one militia brigade under the command of Brigadier General Simon Perkins and another militia brigade under the command of Brigadier General Beall. General Perkins would march his brigade to Huron County in order to set up defenses against the British while General Beall would protect the southern counties in the 4th division by setting up defenses in Wayne County. General Beall’s force was made up of one regiment from the 1st brigade headquartered in Jefferson County and the other regiment from his own 2nd brigade from Columbiana County. The two regiments met in Canton, Stark County, Ohio, were they were joined by a detachment from this county. From Canton, the brigade pushed on to Wooster in Wayne County where the brigade erected a blockhouse and established a camp called Camp Christmas. From Wooster General Beall sent his militia companies to the various settlements within the county where they built additional blockhouses for the protection of the settlers. Along the way, the companies either built new roads or improved existing roads so that wagons could pass. Two forward operating bases were established, one near Jeromesville, called Camp Musser, and another at Olivesburg, called Camp Whetstone. From Wooster, the brigade constructed a road to Mansfield and from there to Upper Sandusky. The brigade was then order to Camp Avery in present-day Erie County. While at Camp Avery volunteers from both General Beall’s and General Perkins’ brigades merged to form the 2nd Ohio Detachment (Brigade) under General Perkins. The other men were discharged. This new brigade was federalized and they were then ordered to the Rapids of the Maumee River as part of Major General William H. Harrison’s right wing of the Army of the Northwest. The brigade built the road from Upper Sandusky to the Maumee River where Fort Meigs would be built. The road in which General Beall’s brigade built was used by a brigade from Pennsylvania and a regular army artillery company to transport 20 canons and supplies for Fort Meigs. Although the brigade saw no action during the war, the construction of a military road across northern Ohio was essential for the defense of Ohio.
Small world! I have a number of ancestors who served in Col. Andrews’ regiment also plus I am related by-law to General Beall. His first wife was an ancestor of mine. I hope this helps you!
PS – Captain Allen’s company was from Jefferson County also. Harrison County wasn’t created yet. Col. Andrews commanded the second regiment in General Beall’s brigade.