Fort Meigs

Ohio's War of 1812 Battlefield

First Siege 1813

May 24-25, 2014

A Pivotal Fight

As April 29, 1813 dawned, the soldiers at Fort Meigs had been surrounded for two days by British forces and their Native American allies. This was a defining moment in the history of our state and nation. The First Siege of Fort Meigs would help turn the tide of war and usher in a series of American victories that would secure the Ohio frontier. General William Henry Harrison wrote that day, "It is at length reduced to certainty that the enemy are about to carry into effect their threatened attack on this post" and urged his men "To your posts then, fellow Soldiers, and remember that the eyes of your Country are upon you!"

Join us as Fort Meigs hosts re-enactors from the U.S. and Canada to commemorate the First Siege of Fort Meigs by recreating authentic military camps and tactical demonstrations. Experience period camps, musket and cannon demonstrations, battle re-enactments, hands-on activities, and more!

At 2 o'clock in the morning the British opened their artillery upon our garrison from their gun-boats... At 8 o'clock they hoisted the red flag at their lower battery and commenced firing with 24-, 12- and 6-pounders, and eight inch mortars. They fired at us this day 240 shot and shells; did very little damage. They continued firing shells through the night but not often, just enough to keep our camp from rest. We keep up a heavy fire on them all day from different parts of our camp.

~ Captain Daniel Cushing
May 1, 1813

Event Public Hours

  • Saturday & Sunday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Detailed schedule below

Admission Rates

  • Adults: $9.00
  • Seniors (60+): $8.00
  • Students: $5.00
  • OHC Members (Adult & Child): $1.00
  • Ages 5 & Under: FREE

Event Schedule

Please note: Schedule and activities subject to change without notice.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

9:30 a.m.

Fort Meigs opens

10:00

Morning Formations
Watch as the troops stand for inspection, receive their morning orders, and raise the colors over the fort.

10:00 - 4:00

Meet the Author
James Emch, author of All But Forgotten, will be available for questions and to sign copies of his book.

10:30

Musket Demonstration
Hear the crack of the musket and discover why those crazy soldiers stood shoulder-to-shoulder in long lines!

11:00

1813 Patrol *
Join an American troop column as a refugee and try to make your way to safety. Better hope you're not caught by the enemy!

11:00 - 2:00

Period Hands-on Activities Kid Friendly
Play games and take part in other hands-on activities. Perfect for kids... and kids at heart!

11:30

Artillery Demonstration
Experience the roar of a cannon and learn how they were used during the First Siege of Fort Meigs.

12:00 p.m.

The History of Fort Meigs: An Interactive Discussion
Get the full story of Fort Meigs and learn more about the First Siege.

12:30

Mini-Militia - Drill with American Soldiers Kid Friendly
"Enlist" in the U.S. Army, get issued a wooden musket and set of mini-crossbelts, and learn how to march and fire a musket just like American soldiers did during the War of 1812! Perfect for kids... and kids at heart!

1:00

Rifle Demonstration
Learn all about the 1803 Harper's Ferry Rifle and see one fired!

2:00

Battle Demonstration Dudley's Defeat
Experience the roar of battle as soldiers recreate the fighting that took place around Fort Meigs on May 5, 1813

3:30

1813 Patrol *
Join an American troop column as a refugee and try to make your way to safety. Better hope you're not caught by the enemy!

4:00

Court Martial!
Witness a British military trial! Will the accused be found guilty or innocent?

4:30

Artillery Demonstration
Experience the roar of a cannon and learn how they were used during the First Siege of Fort Meigs.

5:00

Fort Meigs closes

* Additional ticket required, free of charge. Space is limited. Inquire at the Visitor Center when purchasing your admission to the event.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

9:30 a.m.

Fort Meigs opens

10:00 - 4:00

Meet the Author
James Emch, author of All But Forgotten, will be available for questions and to sign copies of his book.

10:30

Musket Demonstration
Hear the crack of the musket and discover why those crazy soldiers stood shoulder-to-shoulder in long lines!

10:30

Army Medicine
Learn more about medicine and treatments during the early 19th century.

11:00

1813 Patrol *
Join an American troop column as a refugee and try to make your way to safety. Better hope you're not caught by the enemy!

11:00 - 2:00

Period Hands-on Activities Kid Friendly
Play games and take part in other hands-on activities. Perfect for kids... and kids at heart!

11:30

Artillery Demonstration
Experience the roar of a cannon and learn how they were used during the First Siege of Fort Meigs.

12:00 p.m.

The History of Fort Meigs: An Interactive Discussion
Get the full story of Fort Meigs and learn more about the First Siege.

12:30

Mini-Militia - Drill with British Soldiers Kid Friendly
"Enlist" in His Majesty's Army, get issued a wooden musket and set of mini-crossbelts, and learn how to march and fire a musket just like British soldiers did during the War of 1812! Perfect for kids... and kids at heart!

1:00

Ladies' Tea
Join the the ladies of the camps for tea as they share the latest camp news, make a craft, and take time for a rest. The public is most welcome, but ladies only. Gentlemen shall not be permitted!

1:00

Rifle Demonstration
Learn all about the 1803 Harper's Ferry Rifle and see one fired!

2:00

Battle Demonstration Miller's Charge!
Experience the roar of battle as soldiers recreate the fighting that took place around Fort Meigs on May 5, 1813

3:00

Musket Demonstration
Hear the crack of the musket and discover why those crazy soldiers stood shoulder-to-shoulder in long lines!

4:00

Artillery Demonstration
Experience the roar of a cannon and learn how they were used during the First Siege of Fort Meigs.

5:00

Fort Meigs closes

* Additional ticket required, free of charge. Space is limited. Inquire at the Visitor Center when purchasing your admission to the event.