Hello everyone. Welcome to the Fort Meigs channel.
My name is John Thompson. I’m the historical interpreter here at the
Historic Site and today we’re going to be doing the very first of, hopefully, a
line of book reviews on our subject the Northwestern campaigns of the War of 1812 and there is simply no better place to
start than with this title “Men of Patriotism Courage and Enterprise!” by Dr.
Larry L Nelson. This is a book that we insist all the staff and all of the
volunteers that are surrounding our operations here at the fort be very
familiar with as there are a number of titles related to the Northwestern
Campaign of 1812. This is the only one that focuses strictly on the activities
around Fort Meigs and Dr. Nelson is considered, perhaps, the foremost
authority on the subject and was indeed one of the early site directors here at
the property Dr. Nelson takes the chronological
approach to this story here, detailing the strategic situation in late 1812 and
early 1813. The Army’s journey here and then the construction and occupation of
Northwestern Ohio by the United States Army during the war. He’s got excellent
information on the units that were here. Details on many of the skirmishes that
were fought in and around the fort between Natives and some of our scouting
parties and tremendous information on the two great sieges that happen here in
the spring and summer of 1813. A lot of the information in this book
comes from the personal accounts of the soldiers that are here and is a
culmination of research done by other scholars, as well, so there is simply no
title that we can recommend more highly than “Men of Patriotism, Courage &
Enterprise!” by Larry Nelson. So, we hope that you have been checking out some of our other videos and you continue doing so. Always feel free to drop us a line
and we’ll see you again real soon.