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'Battle of the Peninsula' to be commemorated in Marblehead

Sandusky Register Staff • Aug 28, 2012 at 10:15 AM

The Ottawa County Historical Society Keeper's House is sponsoring a War of 1812 military encampment and bicentennial activities Sept. 22-23.

The events will be at the Wolcott Keeper's Cottage, 9999 E. Baysore Road, Marblehead, to commemorate the first battle fought on Ohio soil during the War of 1812.

Activities will include skirmishes in period uniforms, music, food and speakers. Lectures will include information on the circumstances of the battle, the role of Tecumseh and the Native American people in the War of 1812, and Native American food, pharmaceuticals and medical practices.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 22 to honor the sacrifices of the fallen.

The First Skirmish, also called the Battle of the Peninsula, was a two-day confrontation between local militia and a force of Native Americans, which resulted in numerous casualties.

Ohio was the battleground for several fierce battles between U.S. and British troopers and their Native American allies, including the pivotal Battle of Lake Erie on Sept. 10, 1813, which changed history and the map of North America.

For more on the event, visit www.thekeepershouse.org.

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