On Saturday, June 14, at 1 p.m., the LaGrange de LaFayette Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will sponsor a Bicentennial Celebration of the ending of the War of 1812 and the event which resulted in the writing of our national anthem.
The event will be at the gazebo on the courthouse square. The LaGrange County Band will play and Francis Scott Key will be giving his account of the Battle for Baltimore. The public is invited to come and hear the story of how the U.S. National Anthem was written.
The chapter encourages citizens to learn more about the War of 1812, fought mostly by the sons of those who fought the Revolutionary War just a generation before. It was again a narrow victory for America, and is sometimes called the Second War of Independence.
On June 18, 1812, America again declared war on Great Britain, just 27 years after the War for Independence had ended. There were three reasons for the bold action taken by this young country: British restriction of American trade; kidnapping of American sailors; and inciting Indian hostilities on the western frontier. Tecumseh and his brother, Tenskwatawa of the Shawnee tribe, called“The Prophet,” allied with other Native American tribes to fight America’s westward expansion into Indian lands. William Henry Harrison, governor of Indiana Territory, marched against them and The Prophet and his followers were defeated in 1811 at the Battle of Tippecanoe here in Indiana. The Prophet’s brother, Tecumseh, then allied openly with the British, who were soon at war with America in 1812. It was the British intention to create an Indian “buffer zone” in Indiana Territory to prevent America from expanding westward.