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Illinois in the War of 1812

Gillum Ferguson


On the eve of the War of 1812, the Illinois Territory was a new land of bright promise. The new territory ran from the junction of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers north to the U.S. border with Canada, embracing the current states of Illinois, Wisconsin, and a part of Michigan. By 1812 pioneer farmers had gathered in the wooded fringes around prime agricultural land, looking out over the prairies with longing and trepidation. Six years later, a populous Illinois was confident enough to seek and receive admission as a state in the Union. What had intervened was the War of 1812, which ultimately ... More

Keywords: War of 1812, Illinois Territory, pioneer farmers, Treaty of Ghent, Indian tribes, massacres, betrayal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036743
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036743.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gillum Ferguson, author