Sunday, January 15, 2012

Dr. Henry Skinner's Account of the Battle of Fort Stephenson

Five Maryland county historical societies have formed a consortium to build a website commemorating the War of 1812 on the state’s Eastern Shore. The website, appropriately titled Eastern Shore 1812 Consortium, is working “to provide in depth information, complete tourism access, and the best educational access for both   teachers and students.” The site features lesson plans, books, scans of newspaper articles, information about the U. S. Army, U. S. Navy, Maryland battles and skirmishes, African Americans, military leaders, Native Americans, ships, British viewpoints, government documents, links to important locations in each of the counties (Kent, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, and Caroline) and much more!

We thank members for kindly forwarding a scan of an article about the Battle of Fort Stephenson published in the Weekly Aurora newspaper. On 31 August 1813, the newspaper published an extract from a letter written 4 August 1813 from Lower Sandusky (Fremont, Ohio) by Dr. Henry Skinner to his brother of Annapolis, Maryland. Dr. Skinner provided a detailed firsthand account of action at the Battle of Fort Stephenson.

If you would like to learn more about the Battle of Fort Stephenson and Major George Croghan, go to Sandusky County Scrapbook.