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First siege of Fort Meigs is lecture topic 2-19-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 11:17
PERRYSBURG - Larry Nelson, adjunct assistant professor of history at Bowling Green State University, will present a lecture on "The Southern Sorties" at Fort Meigs on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
The presentation is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The First Siege of Fort Meigs in May 1813 consisted of five days of heavy artillery bombardment and one day of intense fighting on both sides of the Maumee River. The two engagements on the south side of the river, Clay's Landing and Miller's Charge, were part of a coordinated attack that ended in success for American forces, yet tend to be overlooked by the more disastrous defeat of U.S. forces on the north side of the river. However, these southern sorties saw intense fighting and represent some of the first American successes in the Western Theater of war and should not be overlooked.
Nelson has authored and edited five books including "A Man of Distinction Among Them: Alexander McKee and Indian Affairs Along the Ohio Frontier, 1754-1799," and "Men of Patriotism Courage and Enterprise: Fort Meigs in the War of 1812." He has written several articles on topics relating to Ohio history and military history. In addition, he is editor of Northwest Ohio History, a regional journal of history and culture published by the Maumee Valley Historical Society. Nelson is the former site manager of Fort Meigs State Memorial having retired in 2004.
The presentation will be in the Fort Meigs Visitor Center located at 29100 W. River Road. The program is sponsored by the Anderton Bentley Fund in memory of Christopher Perky, who served at Fort Meigs during the War of 1812.
For more information call 800-283-8916 or visit www.fortmeigs.org.

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