Skirmish on the Peninsula:  War of 1812

Skirmish on the Peninsula: War of 1812

On Sept. 29, 1812, American Indians ambushed a group of  American soldiers near where East Harbor State Park sits today. They fought for control of a Farm and the food supply the farm provided.

Outnumbered more than two-to-one, some of the soldiers escaped by boats to Cedar Point, which at that point in history was a sandy beach that would not become  park until nearly a century later. The remaining men engaged in a firefight with the American Indians.

The incident is referred to as the Skirmish on the Peninsula, and left the soldiers with control of the farm’s much-needed food. However small it was, the skirmish is important to history.  It was the first Ohio battle of the War of 1812, and gaining control of a food resource at that time was significant.

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Theo Dunham