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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 26-27, 2018 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.

First Seige 1813 Fort Meigs War of 1812 Reenactment

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

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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