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Frankfort in Franklin County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

War of 1812

1812 - 1815

War of 1812 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, August 30, 2022
1. War of 1812 Marker
Inscription.  Following the War of Independence (1775-1783) and the entrance into the newly formed union by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, citizens of Kentucky assumed major rolls in American military campaigns. Despite defeats under Generals Harmar and St. Clair; Kentuckians did lay clam to victories at Fallen Timbers in the 1790's and at Tippecanoe in 1811.

The heroic feat of Marine Lieutenant Presley N. O Hannon attest to Kentuckians fascination with Foreign Affairs. In 1805, following a spate of illegal seizures of American citizens' and shipping vessels, Lt. O'Hannon led a band of marines and locals in the capture of the notorious Barbary Pirate Stronghold at Derne, Tripoli. A grateful commonwealth honored Lt. O'Hannon's valor by electing him to successive terms in the state legislature and ordering his interment at the State Mound in the Frankfort Cemetery.

In 1812, the reality of war with Great Britain aroused large numbers of Kentucky volunteers eager to settle the score with the Native Indians in Canada., as well as with the British. Enthusiasm was no match for the superior equipment and leadership of the British, who
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in January 1813 defeated the Kentuckians at the Battle of the River Raisin. The victorious British soldiers allowed the massacre of their captive Kentuckians by the Indians. This massacre raised the famous battle cry "Remember the Raisin!" Which Kent Chians used throughout the remainder of the war.

Kentucky volunteers, militiamen and regulars fought in most of the battles of the northwest. One decisive victory was won at the Battle of the Thames in September 1813, during this battle, Colonel Richard M. Johnson, whom's now buried on the State Mound, led mounted Kentuckians through the lines held by the British and Indians. The celebrated Indian leaders Tecumseh was killed. With Tecumseh's death, the Indian threat to the west died out.

Late in the war Kentuckians went to defend the seaport at New Orleans against an invasion by the British. The assembled American Forces defeated the British Handily. The Kentucky forces returned to Kentucky by May 1, 1815.

During the War of 1812, Kentucky provided 40 regular volunteers and short term regiments, totaling 21,00 soldiers, 1200 Kentuckians were killed in action.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1813.
Location. 38° 11.614′ N, 84° 51.878′ W. Marker is in Frankfort, Kentucky, in Franklin County
War of 1812 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, August 30, 2022
2. War of 1812 Marker
. Memorial is on East Main Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 E Main St, Frankfort KY 40601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War Of Independence (here, next to this marker); The Texas War of Independence   1836 (here, next to this marker); The Persian Gulf War (here, next to this marker); Spanish-American War (a few steps from this marker); Civil War (a few steps from this marker); World War I (a few steps from this marker); Korean Conflict (a few steps from this marker); Vietnam Conflict (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frankfort.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 108 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 6, 2023