Kentucky Prevails!

The War of 1812

   Kentuckians esthetically supported the American declaration of war against Great Britain in 1812.  They hoped to put an end to Indian raids on Kentucky, long supported by the British once and for all.  The conquest of Canada was also a war aim for many Kentuckians.

   Kentuckians volunteered for service in large numbers early in the war.  Heavy casualties, especially at the Battle of the River Raisin, diminished their enthusiasm as the war dragged on.  A high proportion of the American battle deaths in the war were from the ranks of Kentuckians.

   Kentuckians were also influential in gaining two of America’s greatest victories.  In October 1813, a force made up largely of Kentuckians defeated the British and their Indian allies at the Battle of the Thames in Canada.  Kentuckians also gained lasting fame for their part in the stunning victory over the British at the Battle of New Orleans in January 1815.  


Photo Taken in the Frankfort, Kentucky State Arsenal

   The British Army designed this gun  as a highly portable infantry support weapon.  This example, long known as the "Burgoyne Cannon" was first captured by American forces at the Battle of Saratoga during The American Revolution.   The U.S. Army utilized it until the gun went back into British hands following the fall of Detroit in 1812.  In 1813 Colonel Richard M. Johnson's Regiment of Kentucky Mounted Rifles recaptured it from the British at the Battle of the Thames.  The gun has remained here in Frankfort since the end of that Campaign.

 From display notes in the Kentucky State Arsenal Military History Museum


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