by Willis C. Thomas & Randy Winland
Published 2012, Spiral Bound, Illustrated, 52 pp.
The War of 1812 – The Role of the Area Now Known as Marion County, Ohio was published in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
Beginning with a summary of events leading up to the declaration of war by the United States on Great Britain on June 18, 1812, the history continues with a summary of major events of the war. Among these were the naval victory in which the legend of “Old Ironsides” was born, the writing of the Star Spangled Banner, the burning of Washington D.C. by British troops and the Battle of New Orleans.
Moving to an Ohio perspective, information is shared about military roads throughout Ohio and the role of fortifications in protecting citizens. The naval battle on Lake Erie where Commander Oliver Hazard Perry defeated the British and issued his now famous statement of “We have met the enemy and they are ours…” is also highlighted. A summary of 1812 era military forts in Ohio is included as well as information on military food rations and pay rates.
While Marion County did not officially exist in 1812, there were certainly events taking place in the area that were impacted by the war. Among these were the impact of the Greenville Treaty Line, the use of war roads throughout the area, the building of Fort Morrow and an infamous military action that became known as Drake’s Folly. Information is also shared on prominent early settlers, 1812 era cemeteries and historical markers commemorating activities from the war era.