January 17 Fort Meigs lecture
- The Fort Meigs Bentley Lecture Series
"The March to the Rapids"
Mr. Martin Land, Past-President of the Old Northwest Military History Association, will present The March to the Rapids on Thursday, January 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. This is the first lecture in our Sixty Years War for the Great Lakes Series.
The War of 1812 started poorly for American forces in the Western Theater of War. What was thought to be a quick march into Upper Canada resulted in a major defeat with the surrender of Detroit in the summer of 1812. After the fall of Detroit, a new Army of the Northwest was organized and William Henry Harrison placed in its command. Harrison was determined to build a large fortification at the foot of the Maumee River rapids in anticipation of an eventual invasion into Canada, but to do this; his forces would have to converge from three cardinal directions in the middle of a rough Ohio winter. Join Mr. Land as he explores the hardships these soldiers endured on their march to the rapids to build what would become the largest woodened walled fort in the country.
Martin Land is a long time student, researcher and lecturer on the War of 1812. His expertise includes the history of Fort Meigs as well as the role of artillery in the War of 1812. In addition to his fulltime position with Davis Besse Nuclear Power Station, Marty is an historical interpreter at Fort Meigs and enjoys participating in War of 1812 reenactments throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The presentation will be held at Fort Meigs in the Visitor Center located at 29100 West River Road in Perrysburg, Ohio on Thursday, January 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