The War of
1812 is often referred to as the forgotten war or the second
Revolutionary War. Some will recall that the poem that later
became our National Anthem was written by Francis Scott Key at Fort
McHenry, Maryland during a battle of the War of 1812.
Did you know that the area that is now the state of Illinois played an
important role in this conflict? Click here to read
commission is looking for volunteers to be a part of the Headquarters
Ranger Company. Click here
for more information.
are a federally recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3)
organization. Our mission
is to create a series of events simulating those
historical events that took place in the Illinois Territory during the
War of 1812 era. We will work with and assist, as needed, any
organization planning events elsewhere in the United States and Canada
that relate to the story of the War of 1812. Committees are hard at
work gathering more information on Fort Russell, the Illinois River
Block House, Nat Hill Fort, and Piggotts Fort.
Current Members of the Commission
William Wilson, Chair 618-248-5885
Rosenthal, Vice Chair
Jim DeGroff, Vice Chair
Hayden, J.D.Sandy Nissen, Secretary
Kevin Kaegy, Historian
Lola DeGroff, Webmaster
Fort Russell Action
committee met in April 2011 with SIU-E research student, Grace Miller
of Alton. Committee was in agreement as to the fort's site.
Aerial photographs provide major key. SIU-E plans
work in May 2011.
*Mary Westerhold - chair
* Fred Steinkuehler
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