The War of 1812 is sometimes glossed over in the annals of history. I don't remember it being taught in school, for it seemed like we jumped from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War. I may be wrong, but that's how it seemed.
Let's look at some history:
- It was sometimes called America's Second War of Independence.
- The key players were the British, the Americans, and the Native Americans.
- Johnny Appleseed was living here in northcentral Ohio when the threat of the war was close. He ran barefoot 26 miles to a neighboring town for help.
"We have met the enemy, and they are ours. Two Ships, two Brigs, one Schooner & one Sloop. Yours, with great respect and esteem." O.H. Perry
Both sides met to bury the dead and recite from the Book of Common Prayer at Put-In-Bay on South Bass Island. Perry's Victory Monument stands proudly on this island, reminding us of the battle that took place nearby.
The Lake Erie waters are filled with celebrations commemorating this event. A few of the web sites are included below, which will give one a lively sense of being there:
Yesterday, we were able to view one of the tall ships which was in port to take part in this weekend of celebration. I expected the ship to be huge, but was amazed at how small it really was.
For those not familiar with Lake Erie, it is the most shallow of the five Great Lakes, and the storms that can happen in an instant can be devastating. I am amazed at how this battle was won.
Today, the pensions associated with the soldiers and sailors from this war are being digitized at the National Archives. It takes money, and all are welcome to contribute: http://www.preservethepensions.org/