Please join the Historical Society of Michigan and the Michigan War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission
on Saturday, August 11, as it celebrates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 with a captivating
bus tour of six sites in southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio. The day-long tour will leave from the
Meijer Parking lot in Northville, (I-96/Haggerty and Eight Mile Road Ė just west of Livonia boarder) at
9:00 a.m. and return around 5:00 p.m.
The tour includes talks by Historical Society of Michigan volunteer, Jim McConnell and local docents at
some of the stops. They will be discussing such sites as Fort Meigs, a key military base for the United
States in its preparation to advance on British-occupied Detroit. It withstood two major sieges by British
and Native American forces in 1812. Reconstructed in the 1960s, the fort and accompanying museum
were major projects completed by the Ohio Historical Society to celebrate the nationís bicentennial.
Participants will have lunch at McGeadyís Town Pub, a rustic-style Irish pub in Monroe, known as the
last place General Custer had a drink. After lunch the tour continues to the River Raisin National
Battlefield Park followed by a stop to Hullís Trace in Wayne County. Hullís Trace is a remnant of a 200
-mile long military road hastily built during the summer of 1812 by troops under the command of
American General William Hull.
The journey continues to the site of the Battle of Brownstown. In this vicinity on Aug. 5, 1812, an Indian
force, led by the famous Shawnee chief, Tecumseh, ambushed about 200 Americans who were on
the way south to the River Raisin. There, supplies vitally needed by Hullís Army in Detroit, were awaiting
an escort through the Indian blockade of the River Road. Tecumseh opened fire as the Americans
forded Brownstown Creek.
That last stop of the tour will be to the Battle of Monguagon Historical Marker. On August 9, 1812, a
force of about 600 American troops, regulars and militia, moved down the River Road in an attempt to
reach Frenchtown (Monroe) and bring back supplies needed desperately by the Americans in Detroit.
American scouts ran into a British and Indian force of about 400 hundred men blocking the road south.
The cost for the tour is $99 for HSM members and $139 for non-members (includes a one-year membership).
To register online visit http://www.hsmichigan.org/conferences/ or call toll-free (800) 692-1828.
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