Dudley’s Defeat is Fort Meigs topic

Fort Meigs will host a historical lecture, "All But Forgotten: Dudley’s Defeat at Fort Meigs,"
at 7:30 p.m. March 20.
Historian and author Jim Emch will present the program, which is free and open to the public and to be
hosted in the visitors center.
On May 5, 1813, Col. William Dudley led a green regiment of Kentucky militia against the British allied
forces besieging Fort Meigs. Their effort to capture the British cannons on the shore opposite of the
fort proved a success. Yet, their failure to follow their final order, returning to their boats and
crossing to Fort Meigs, resulted in disaster for the Kentuckians in what is now known as Dudley’s
Emch will recount the events that led up to that fateful moment. Based on several years of research, he
has pieced together a chronological running narrative of Dudley’s Defeat based upon military reports,
accounts of those present, family histories, old manuscripts and diaries. The result of these efforts
was the publishing of his book on the subject.
Fort Meigs is located at 29100 West River Road, Perrysburg. The program is sponsored by the Anderton
Bentley Fund in memory of Christopher Perky, who served at Fort Meigs during the War of 1812.