program at Fort Meigs May 17 - "William Hull and the Fall of Detroit"
- Contact: Rick Finch
Perrysburg, OH 43551
For Immediate Release
The Fort Meigs Bentley Lecture Series presents
"William Hull and the Fall of Detroit"
Mr. Anthony Yanik, historian and author, will present William Hull and the Fall of Detroit on Thursday, May 17th at 7:30 p.m. in the Fort Meigs visitor center. The presentation is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
The focus of the opening campaign of the War of 1812 was Detroit, which the War Department considered to be one of the significant launching points for the invasion of Canada. Its surrender only two months after the declaration of war shocked the nation and led to the court martial of Brigadier General William Hull for which he was sentenced to death, the only commanding general ever to receive a death sentence in U. S. Military history. Hull has been vilified by most historians to the present day for his decision to surrender. A close examination of the transcript of the court martial, however, indicates that Hull was the victim of very questionable trial proceedings as well as biased contradictory testimony. Given the same advantages later accorded to William Henry Harrison in his campaign to recapture Detroit, especially the command of the waterways, it is conceivable that Hull would never have found it necessary to surrender.
Anthony Yanik is a General Motors retiree with a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Detroit. His professional background is in speech writing among other assignments for GMC. His present book, The Fall and Recapture of Detroit in the War of 1812, resulted from his interest in defending William Hull whom he feels has been unfairly judged as a coward by most historians for precipitating the surrender of Detroit at the outset of the war. Mr. Yanik's previous book, Maxwell Motor and the Making of Chrysler Corporation, published by the Wayne State University Press, received the Michigan Historical Society's prestigious State History Award for 2009.
The presentation will be held at Fort Meigs in the Visitor Center located at 29100 West River Road in Perrysburg, Ohio on Thursday, May 17th at 7:30 PM. 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 on this and all of the events at Fort Meigs call 800-283-8916 or visit us on-line at www.fortmeigs.org or www.ohiohistory.org