Site of the Battle of Johnstown – October 25, 1781
South and west of this marker, one of the last battles of the Revolution took place when British and Loyalist forces led by Major John Ross and Captain Walter Butler were engaged by our militia commanded by Colonel Marnius Willett and were forced from the field at dusk. Ross’s forces then fled for Canada. A few days after, Willett’s forces caught up with their rear guard at West Canada Creek where Capt. Butler was killed. News of both Butler’s death and Cornwallis’s defeat at Yorktown reached Johnstown at about the same time, causing local citizens to rejoice and celebrate.