John Trowbridge, command historian for the Kentucky National Guard and Chatham-Kent mayor Randy Hope raise a Kentucky flag at the Civic Centre in Chatham, On on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, as part of the bicentennial celebrations of the War of 1812. (BOB BOUGHNER, The Daily News)
If the remains of two Kentucky soldiers believed buried in Tecumseh Park are located they will be repatriated to the Kentucky cemetery where Daniel Boone is buried.
The dig for the remains continues throughout the weekend in Tecumseh Park in downtown Chatham while celebrations marking the bicentennial of the War of 1812 take place.
John Trowbridge of Kentucky, command historian for the Kentucky National Guard, travelled to Chatham Friday to participate in a number of special events marking the War of 1812.
They included a flag raising at the Civic Centre, a plaque
unveiling at the Tecumseh monument near Thamesville and the world premier of a documentary film entitled “Remember the Raisin River: Kentucky in the War of 1812” at St. Clair College Capitol Theatre in Chatham.
Following the film debut, Trowbridge presented honourary Kentucky Colonel memberships to a handful of local recipients including Chatham businessman Dan Warrener and Mayor Randy Hope.
Trowbridge told his audience that 31 counties in Kentucky are named after state soldiers killed in the War of 1812.
“More than 64% of the American casualties in the War of 1812 hailed from Kentucky,’’ he said.
He said despite the huge involvement in the war by Kentucky, most residents of the state today are not familiar with the role that Kentucky soldiers played.
“That’s one reason for the documentary,’’ he said. “The aim is to educate today’s people about the important role the state played in the war.’’
Among the audience for the documentary debut were Bill and Judy Saul of Monroe, Michigan, home of the River Raisin National Battlefield Park.
The legendary American hero Daniel Boone is buried in Frankfurt cemetery in Frankfurt, Kentucky.
Two sites in Tecumseh Park are currently being excavated including one close to the Thames River.
A ground penetrating radar scan of the park was undertaken last year with a $10,000 contribution from Warrener.
According to Trowbridge, as many as 50 Kentuckians could be buried at the battlefield site near Thamesville.
He said the War of 1812 was the first war Kentucky participated in after becoming a state in 1792. It was formerly known as Virginia.
“We sure do hope to find the remains of a couple of our Kentucky soldiers and bring them home,’’ he said.
Hope said history has a way of generating friendships.
He described the weekend events surrounding the bi-centennial as “significant.’’