Abraham Lincoln & a War of 1812 recollection

B. Nash & 1812 Compatriot

B. Nash & 1812 Compatriot

Firing line demonstration at River Raisin Battleground Commemoration 2010

Firing line demonstration at River Raisin Battleground Commemoration 2010

1812 Re-enactors

1812 Re-enactors

Abraham Lincoln was only three years old when the War of 1812 commenced, but amazingly, he did have a memory of an incident concerning an 1812 soldier.  Abe was four years old at the time. He was asked about it as an adult-to which he made the follwing recollection:
“I had been fishing one day and caught a little fish which I was taking home. I met a soldier on the road, and, having been always told at home that we must be kind to the soldiers, I gave him my fish.”
 
Today I attended the annual commemoration of the Battle of the River Raisin held in Monroe, Michigan. The battle was one of the largest in the War of 1812. It was a British victory. The entire American army was destroyed-and the attempt to recapture Detroit had ended. In total, 934 American soldiers, 800 Native Americans, and 597 British and Canadian troops battled on the historic ground.  The battleground site in Monroe was recently approved by President Obama for designation as a National Historic site. Born from the battle was the great American rallying cry: “Remember the Raisin!”
Field piece at River Raisin battleground

Field piece at River Raisin battleground

Preparation for Flag raising Ceremony

Preparation for Flag raising Ceremony

 

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3 Responses to “Abraham Lincoln & a War of 1812 recollection”

  1. Dave Wiegers says:

    No he never had a chance to do it in a large size. The only thing I ever saw was a small preliminary work.

  2. B. Nash says:

    Did Mr. McClarey’s piece ever come to fruition? Is it placed somewhere. I’d love to see a picture of it-if it exists!

  3. Dave Wiegers says:

    My friend, the noted Lincoln sculptor John mcClarey, once did a piece depicting this incident. He entered it into a competition that the city of Hodgenville ran a few years ago when they were looking for a “young Lincoln” to compliment the Weinman Seated Lincoln that is found in the center of town.
    Eventhough john’s piece was not chosen, I think it was quite unique and told a story that many of the tourists that would have seen it might have found quite interesting and telling of another aspect of Lincoln’s character.

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