Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Two hundred years after the War of 1812 began between the U.S. and Great Britain, some Saline countians are joining with other Americans in remembering the conflict.
Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden proclaimed Tuesday, June 12, as The War of 1812 Remembrance Day. The bicentennial begins on June 18, the date in which President James Madison signed a declaration of war.
Known as the second war for American independence, key battles were fought along the U.S. and Canadian border, while the British gradually threatened American trade and finances along the coast.
The War of 1812 inspired Francis Scott Key to write about the barrage of Ft. McHenry — that poem later became the U.S. national anthem — and Gen. Andrew Jackson helped U.S. troops rise above the British in the Battle of New Orleans on Jan. 8, 1815. There, roughly 700 British were killed and 1,400 wounded while approximately 8 U.S. men were killed and 13 were wounded.
Pictured with Gooden are members of the Brigadier General Thomas A. Smith Chapter of Daughters of 1812. From left to right are: Judy Frerking, past president; Elaine Osborn, general member; and Dorothy LaRue, president. The Marshall chapter plans to honor this occasion with a bell-ringing at noon on Monday, June 18. They’ll be stationed on the south side of Marshall square and the public is invited to participate.
All chapter members have ancestors who fought in the War of 1812, and say they’re dedicated to educating others on the history and significance of the war.