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Siege at Fort Meigs

This articles describes the Siege at For Meigs in the War of 1812.
Siege of Fort Meigs
Siege of Fort Meigs

After General Hull surrendered Detroit to the British, he was replaced as commander of the Army of the Northwest by William Henry Harrison.

Fort Meigs Holds Up

After Harrison was defeated at Frenchtown, he ordered the construction of Forts Meigs and Stephenson in northwest Ohio. Fort Meigs would become the largest wooden fortress ever built in America at the time. Shortly after construction, British and Indian forces under Henry Proctor and Tecumseh began bombarding the fort. The siege lasted eight days, despite the fact that the Americans were reinforced. In the end, however, British forces realized they could not penetrate the walls of the fort and retreated back to Detroit. Despite their retreat, they managed to inflict over 950 casualties on the Americans. 530 Americans were captured, several of which were executed by Natives.

War of 1812 Battles

November 7th, 1811 - Battle of Tippecanoe
July 17, 1812 - Battle of Fort Mackinac
August 15, 1812 - Massacre at Fort Dearborn
October 13, 1812 - Battle of Queenston's Heights
January 22, 1813 - Battle of Frenchtown
March 30, 1813 - Battle of Lacolle Mills
April 27, 1813 - Battle of York
May 1-9, 1813 - Siege at Fort Meigs
August 15-16, 1813 - Surrender of Fort Detroit
September 10, 1813 - Battle of Lake Erie
October 5, 1813 - Battle of Thames
1813-1814 - Creek War
July 5- 1814 - Battle of Chippawa
July 25, 1814 - Battle of Lundy's Lane
August 24, 1814 - Battle of Bladensburg
August 25, 1814 - The Razing of Washington
September 6-11, 1814 - Battle of Plattsburgh
September 12-14, 1814 - Siege of Baltimore
November 11, 1814 - Battle of Crysler's Farm
January 8, 1815 - Battle of New Orleans


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