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War of 1812-1814, Prairie du Chien

The War of 1812 in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's French Connections

Wisconsin Forts

Read More About It

"The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict" by Donald R. Hickey

"The Incredible War of 1812: A Military History" by J. Mackay Hitsman



Interesting Fact:

The British force attacking Fort Shelby consisted on about 650 men, mostly Indians.

Study Questions:

  • Who was the commander of Fort Shelby?
  • What were the reasons for the outbreak of the War of 1812?
  • Why did Wisconsin serve as a battleground during the War of 1812?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on July 17:

    1945: President Harry Truman meets with Josef Stalin and Winston Churchill at Potsdam in the final meeting of the three powers during World War II.

  • July 17

    July 17, 1814: During the War of 1812 a British expeditionary force led by Lt. Col. William McKay attacked Fort Shelby at Prairie du Chien. Three days later the fort surrendered and was renamed Fort McKay.

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