FIRST SIEGE 1813
May 27-28, 2023
A PIVOTAL FIGHT
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 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!”
Join us as Fort Meigs hosts re-enactors 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! Schedule of Events coming soon!
War of 1812 re-enactors are invited to attend First Siege 1813. Pre-registration is required. Register individually or register your entire unit – all on one form! Head to the First Siege 1813 registration form now!
"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
May 1, 1813
Photo credit: Elizabeth Raymond