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Lenawee County

By John J. Adam, February 7th, 1878.

so that the memory of the red man may be said to be held in remembrance in the name of this county, although he has now left us, leaving behind him but few traces of his occupancy. The principal memento of his residence here, which I have heard of or seen, was a plat of ground on the north bank of the river Raisin, in the northeast corner of that portion of the village of Tecumseh known as Brownsville. It was laid out in the form of a square and a circle, with an opening from the one to the other where they joined—the trails all leading to and from the circle, and both parts having an embankment of about four feet in height, and having, in the centre of the circular part a pit five or six feet deep. By digging in the bottom of this pit, nothing especial was found except some charcoal or charred wood. When the white settlers first came here there were some cedar posts in the outer embankment, and there were evidences of the place being quite often used for meetings or gatherings of some kind ; but the Indians seemed always reluctant to say anything about the objects for which it was used; and whether for war-dances, or worship, or some ceremonies of medicine men, it would be difficult to tell or guess.

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