Fort Meigs

Fort Meigs Battle

Fort Meigs

Siege of Fort Meigs

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In late April of 1813, British forces under the command of Major General Henry Procter laid siege to the recently fortified camp at Fort Meigs. American Major General William Henry Harrison and his men held the fort in the face of two consecutive British sieges between April and July. The apex of the siege came when a force of Kentuckians led a failed attack that resulted in the death of over 600 Americans at the hands of the British, Canadian militia, and their Indian allies. American troops successfully defended the fort, however, and the British decided to abandon their siege and move on to Fort Stephenson. 

Battle Facts

Result

United States Victory
COMMANDERS
Forces Engaged
4,945

United States

2,800

United Kingdom

2,145
Total Estimated Casualties
1,107

United States

986
160
killed
290
wounded
536
missing & captured

United Kingdom

121
14
killed
47
wounded
41
missing & captured