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Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:03
PERRYSBURG - Matt Wulff, historian and author, will present "Ranger: North America's Frontier Soldier" Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Fort Meigs.
Immigrants from Europe to North America were confronted by a vastly different landscape than they were used to in their homeland. The terrain in North America was widely diverse, and could be harsh and unforgiving. English settlers brought with them the practice of using militia, or "trained bands," for the protection of their homes and families. These militia companies were trained in traditional European military tactics, but it was quickly realized that these types of tactics did not work well in the forests and swamps of North America. When combined with the irregular warfare methods used by the native tribes, the English settlers soon found themselves looking for a new type of soldier, one suited for woodland warfare in North America, and with this need the Ranger was born.
Matt Wulff will explore the role and history of this elite band of warrior.
Wulff has been a re-enactor for over 20 years. His main area of interest is the French and Indian War time period with a special emphasis on the Corps of Rangers under the command of Robert Rogers.
Wulff has authored several articles which have appeared in Smoke and Fire News, The Battalion Journal, and Muzzleloader Magazine. In addition he has written several books including "Robert Rogers Rules for the Ranging Services: An Analysis," and "Ranger: America's Frontier Soldiers Vol. I and Vol. II."
The presentation will be held at Fort Meigs in the Visitor Center located at 29100 W. River Road. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m.
This lecture is part of Fort Meigs' Sixty Years War for the Great Lakes Series.
The program is sponsored by the Anderton Bentley Fund in memory of Christopher Perky, who served at Fort Meigs during the War of 1812.

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