R. Douglas Hurt
Series: A History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier
Publication date: 3/25/2009
Format: paper 6×9, 440 pages, 23 b&w photos
I grew up in New York, a great state to be from, and emigrated to Ohio after college, where I found a job. I did not have the benefit of learning Ohio history in elementary school. With the bicentennial of the war of 1812, I have learned that there was considerable action on the Ohio frontier. This resurrected the nagging feeling that I needed to start filling in the gaps in my knowledge of Ohio history, and early 19th century American history. A bit of searching lead me to this book. While it has not filled in all the holes, it has helped considerably, and I recommend this to anyone seeking to learn more of this period. Continue reading
It is 200 years since many of the American/British/Indian engagements on (or near) the Ohio Frontier occured. This constituted the western front of the War of 1812. One of the significant battles was the Battle of Lake Erie, a naval engagement which took place on the western end of Lake Erie on September 10th 1813. The American success resulted in the cut off of supplies to support the British Dockyards at Amherstburg and Fort Malden, both near the mouth of the Detroit River, as well as the British army in Upper Canada, and their Indian Allies. A month later on October 5th, it lead to the defeat of the British and Indian army, and the death of the Indian leader Tecumseh at the battle of the Thames in present day Ontario.