Yesterday, I spent my day touring historic sites associated with the War of 1812 thanks to a bus trip hosted by the Historical Society of Michigan and the Michigan Commission on the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.
I cannot say this enough: I love being a member of the Historical Society of Michigan.
Key players: Dr. Jim McConnell, Tour Director; Annette McConnell, Tour Facilitator; Ralph Naveaux, author/historian; and Dan Harrison, librarian/historian.
Our stops and topics: Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, Ohio; lunch at McGready’s Town Pub (where General Custer allegedly had his last drink); River Raisin National Battlefield; Hull’s Trace, North Huron River in Brownstown Township, Michigan; Battle of Brownstown; and the Battle of Monguagon.
In the morning, on our way to Fort Meigs, Dr. McConnell laid out much of the historical background surrounding the war and presented a verbally annotated bibliography — some fabulous materials were passed around the bus for our perusal. I was geeked to find a pretty comprehensive bibliography included in our tour packet and was even more giddy when I found out that I actually own one of the harder books to come by: The Invasion of Canada by Pierre Berton — which I picked up while touring Fort St. Joseph in Ontario, Canada last August.
While I completely enjoyed the entire day, I must admit that my favorite stop was Fort Meigs — I could’ve spent all day there and plan on returning in the near future.