BGSU Adjunct Faculty Publishes Article on Siege of Fort Meigs

Huron, Ohio – Bowling Green State University Firelands College Adjunct Assistant Professor of History Dr. Larry Nelson has published an article, “’A Mysterious and Ambiguous Display of Tactics’: The Second Siege of Fort Meigs, July 21-28, 1813”, in the journal “Ohio History.”

Fort Meigs was built in present-day Perrysburg, Ohio, during the War of 1812. British, Canadian, and Native forces attacked the post twice during the war.  “Historians have focused on the first of these battles, fought in April and early May, 1813,” says Nelson.  “The second siege was far less dramatic, but it signaled a shift in momentum in the Maumee Valley campaigns central to American success in and around Detroit later in the year.”

Nelson was site manager at Fort Meigs State Memorial until his retirement from the Ohio Historical Society in 2004. He has authored or edited several books dealing with Ohio’s frontier history including “A Man of Distinction Among Them: Alexander McKee and the Ohio Frontier” (Kent State University Press, 1999), “A History of Jonathan Alder: His Captivity and Life with the Indians” (University of Akron Press, 2002) and (with David C. Skaggs) “The sixty Years’ War for the Great Lakes, 1754-1814” (Michigan State University Press, 2001).  He is also the editor of “Northwest Ohio History,” a regional, refereed journal published by the Maumee Valley Historical Society.