The first presentation in the AIA/SunWatch 2012 Archaeology of Conflict Presentation Series
A Tale of Two Horses: The Occurrence of a War of 1812 Double Horse Burial at Fort Meigs, Wood County, Ohio:
During the 2001 site renovations at Fort Meigs, Wood County, Ohio a War of 1812 double horse burial was discovered just outside the fort’s reconstructed stockade. The horses were interred facing each other in an almost heraldic po......se. This and other aspects of the burial would seem to hint at some sort of soldierly ritualism possibly common to an early military tradition. Continued research of military records and other period writings seems to indicate that one of the horses may have actually been ridden by an aide to General Harrison. It was killed in battle on May 5th, 1813 while on a mission from the General to recall a large American detachment in danger of being ambushed by combined Indian and Canadian forces. The May 1813 British siege of Ft. Meigs was a hard fought and bloody confrontation that resulted in substantial casualties for the American side. Perhaps not all heroic and celebrated losses were necessarily human.
Thanks to the Archaeological Institute of America and the generosity of an anonymous donor, admission to Archaeological Institute of America/SunWatch Presentation Series is free and open to the public. All presentations begin at 10:30 and conclude by noon. Seating filled on first come, first seated basis. Admission fees apply for guests wishing to explore the Village or the Interpretive Center before or after the presentations.