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First Seige 1813 Fort Meigs War of 1812 Reenactment

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Join us for the First Seige 1813 Fort Meigs War of 1812 Reenactment on May 25-26, 2019 at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, Ohio. Each Memorial Day Weekend, Fort Meigs hosts reenactors from across the U.S. and Canada to commemorate the First Siege of Fort Meigs by recreating authentic military camps and tactical demonstrations. Experience period camps, musket and cannon demonstrations, battle re-enactments, hands-on activities, and more!.

First Seige 1813 Fort Meigs War of 1812 Reenactment

Hundreds of reenactors and thousands of spectators are expected Memorial  Day Weekend at the First Seige 1813 Fort Meigs War of 1812 Reenactment , held in commemoration of the bloodiest battle at Fort Meigs. Experience the sounds of musket volleys and cannon blasts, the smells of campfires and gunpowder, the sights of blacksmiths, tents, 19th century soldiers, and drum-and-fife corps, and relive a pivotal time in our Nation’s history.

EVENT HOURS
Saturday & Sunday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days

EVENT ADMISSION RATES
Adults: $8.00
Seniors (60+): $7.00
Students: $4.00
Ages 5 & Under: FREE
OHC members: FREE
U.S. Military (Active Duty & Family): FREE

First Seige 1813 Fort Meigs War of 1812 Reenactment
Dawn April 29, 1813 . . .
As April 29, 1813 dawned, the soldiers at Fort Meigs had been surrounded for two days by British forces and their Native American allies. This was a defining moment in the history of our state and nation. The First Siege of Fort Meigs was a pivotal fight that would help turn the tide of war and usher in a series of American victories that would secure the Ohio frontier. General William Henry Harrison wrote that day, “It is at length reduced to certainty that the enemy are about to carry into effect their threatened attack on this post” and urged his men “To your posts then, fellow Soldiers, and remember that the eyes of your Country are upon you!”

First Seige 1813 Fort Meigs War of 1812 Reenactment

At 2 o’clock in the morning the British opened their artillery upon our garrison from their gun-boats… At 8 o’clock they hoisted the red flag at their lower battery and commenced firing with 24-, 12- and 6-pounders, and eight inch mortars. They fired at us this day 240 shot and shells; did very little damage. They continued firing shells through the night but not often, just enough to keep our camp from rest. We keep up a heavy fire on them all day from different parts of our camp.

~ Captain Daniel Cushing, 2nd Regiment, U.S. Artillery – May 1, 1813

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EVENT SCHEDULE
Please note: First Seige 1813 Fort Meigs War of 1812 Reenactment Schedule and activities subject to change without notice.

Saturday Events
9:30 a.m. First Seige 1813 Fort Meigs War of 1812 Reenactment opens
10:00 a.m. Morning Formations
Watch as the troops stand for inspection, receive their morning orders, and raise the colors over the fort.
10:00 – 12:00 & 1:00 – 4:00 Army Medicine
Learn more about medicine and treatments during the early 19th century.
10:00 – 4:00 Meet the Author
James Emch, author of All But Forgotten, will be available for questions and to sign copies of his book.
10:30 a.m. Musket Demonstration
Hear the crack of the musket and discover why those crazy soldiers stood shoulder-to-shoulder in long lines!
11:00 a.m. 1813 Patrol *
Join an American troop column as a refugee and try to make your way to safety. Better hope you’re not caught by the enemy!
11:00 – 2:00 Period Hands-on Activities Kid Friendly
Play games and take part in other hands-on activities. Perfect for kids… and kids at heart!
11:30 a.m. Artillery Demonstration
Experience the roar of a cannon and learn how they were used during the First Siege of Fort Meigs.
12:00 p.m. The History of Fort Meigs: An Interactive Discussion
Get the full story of Fort Meigs and learn more about the First Siege.
12:30 p.m. Mini-Militia – Drill with Soldiers Kid Friendly
“Enlist” in the army, get issued a wooden musket and set of mini-crossbelts, and learn how to march and fire a musket just like soldiers did during the War of 1812! Perfect for kids… and kids at heart!
1:00 p.m. Rifle Demonstration
Learn all about the 1803 Harper’s Ferry Rifle and see one fired!
2:00 p.m. Battle Demonstration Dudley’s Defeat
Experience the roar of battle as soldiers recreate the fighting that took place at Fort Meigs on May 5, 1813
3:30 p.m. Musket Demonstration
Hear the crack of the musket and discover why those crazy soldiers stood shoulder-to-shoulder in long lines!
4:00 p.m. Artillery Demonstration
Experience the roar of a cannon and learn how they were used during the First Siege of Fort Meigs.
5:00 p.m. Fort Meigs closes
* Additional ticket required, free of charge. Space is limited. Inquire at the Visitor Center when purchasing your admission to the event.
Sunday Events
9:30 a.m. First Seige 1813 Fort Meigs War of 1812 Reenactment opens
10:00 – 12:00 Army Medicine
Learn more about medicine and treatments during the early 19th century.
10:00 – 4:00 Meet the Author
James Emch, author of All But Forgotten, will be available for questions and to sign copies of his book.
10:30 a.m. Musket Demonstration
Hear the crack of the musket and discover why those crazy soldiers stood shoulder-to-shoulder in long lines!
11:00 a.m. 1813 Patrol *
Join an American troop column as a refugee and try to make your way to safety. Better hope you’re not caught by the enemy!
11:00 – 2:00 Period Hands-on Activities Kid Friendly
Play games and take part in other hands-on activities. Perfect for kids… and kids at heart!
11:30 a.m. Artillery Demonstration
Experience the roar of a cannon and learn how they were used during the First Siege of Fort Meigs.
12:00 p.m. The History of Fort Meigs: An Interactive Discussion
Get the full story of Fort Meigs and learn more about the First Siege.
12:30 Mini-Militia – Drill with Soldiers Kid Friendly
“Enlist” in the army, get issued a wooden musket and set of mini-crossbelts, and learn how to march and fire a musket just like soldiers did during the War of 1812! Perfect for kids… and kids at heart!
1:00 p.m. Ladies’ Tea
Join the the ladies of the camps for tea as they share the latest camp news, make a craft, and take time for a rest. The public is most welcome, but ladies only. Gentlemen shall not be permitted!
1:00 p.m. Rifle Demonstration
Learn all about the 1803 Harper’s Ferry Rifle and see one fired!
2:00 p.m. Battle Demonstration Miller’s Charge!
Experience the roar of battle as soldiers recreate the fighting that took place at Fort Meigs on May 5, 1813
3:30 p.m. Musket Demonstration
Hear the crack of the musket and discover why those crazy soldiers stood shoulder-to-shoulder in long lines!
4:00 p.m. Artillery Demonstration
Experience the roar of a cannon and learn how they were used during the First Siege of Fort Meigs.
5:00 p.m. Fort Meigs closes
* Additional ticket required, free of charge. Space is limited. Inquire at the Visitor Center when purchasing your admission to the event.

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