Author! Author: Illinois in the War of 1812
July 6th, 2012Filed under: Stories
President’s Commentary, July 2012:
Ferguson, Gillum. Illinois in the War of 1812. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press (2012).
A forgotten theater of a forgotten war. That’s one way of characterizing the events of the War of 1812 that played out over the old Northwest. Gillum Ferguson’s crisply-written new book sheds light on this neglected topic. Big-picture insights frame on-the-ground accounts of confusing skirmishes and deadly encounters between Indians and settlers in the lightly-inhabited Ilinois Territory. The title understates the scope of this book; Illinois Territory also included what we now know as Wisconsin plus parts of Minnesota and the upper peninsula of Michigan. In addition, the author brings in the wider context of events in the Great Lakes region, including Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario.