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Dan Wilkens
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Returning Soon
It's been over a year since I've posted on this blog, and I'd stopped regularly updating it long before that. I would like to get back into the habit of writing and blogging on the War of 1812 and other frontier/ early American history topics. In the past y...
Returning Soon
Returning Soon
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In the past I have written about various surprising technologies that were developed and sometimes employed as early as the War of 1812, which was otherwise a conflict that revolved around weapons such as cannon and flintlock muskets that had been in use an...
The Old Northwest Notebook
The Old Northwest Notebook
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James Bentley, a British veteran who fought for the US in the War of 1812
From Find-A-Grave I was poking around local and genealogical websites looking for clues as to whether Lt. John Anderson of the 19th Infantry in 1812 was related in some way to Colonel John Anderson of the 2nd Michigan Regiment of Militia. Since Lt. Anderson...
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Colonel John Anderson, US Topographical Engineers
More information about John Anderson, an early graduate of West Point who served in the War of 1812 as well as in the Topographical Engineers after the war. (Born Ct.) JOHN ANDERSON (Ap'd Vt.) — Military History. — Cadet of the Military Academy, Oct. 9, 180...
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Lieutenant Hezekiah Johnson, freight officer at Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, though a hundred miles or so from the front lines and never directly threatened during the War of 1812, was vital to the war effort. Simply put, it was the "hub" from which supplies and most manufactured goods moved over the mountains separating...
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Hull's Trace on the 1817 Topographical Engineer Map
This weekend I was able to check out the very long (about 12 feet in two 6-foot sections) survey map of the military road from the Miami Rapids (the present day crossing of the Maumee River between Perrysburg and Maumee) to Detroit. The map itself ends at S...
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River Raisin Reenactment in Monroe, Michigan
Once again this year I was able to attend the annual reenactment of the Battle of the River Raisin in Monroe Michigan. It's a unique event for us 1812 reenactors, since it occurs well off the normal season of the hobby and is staged on private land next doo...
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A French Artillery Officer with the Northwestern Army, 1813
On April 22, 1852 the Nashville, Tennessee Union and American reported that: On Thursday night about 1 o'clock a fire broke out in the house of J. Longette, on Market street, , near Broad. The upper portion of the house, occupied by the family, was consumed...
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A Fearful Tornado: weathering an 1814 tornado in a Man-of-War
In Ohio, spring is tornado season. Actually, with the warmer winter weather this year we've already been visited by tornados in this state. In 1814, the British blockading and raiding along the shoreline of the Chesapeake were struck by several. Although Ro...
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A trophy of the Battle of Lake Erie... The lost Cleveland cannon
A while ago I noticed that there was a park near the site of Fort Huntington in Cleveland (which is to say, downtown near the river) that sports a statue of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Once upon a time, one of the cannon that the British took from Fort A...
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