Fort Meigs
Fort Meigs was a fortification along the Maumee River in Ohio during the War of 1812.

History
The fort construction was started in February of 1813 by soldiers under General William Henry Harrison in present-day Perrysburg, Ohio. The work began in harsh climate, the fort being built around land thick with swamp and there was even one documented case of a U.S sentry who froze to death during his guard duty period of two hours. The fort was the largest wooden walled fortification in North America up to that point, named in honor of Ohio governor Return J. Meigs, Jr. for his support in providing Harrison with militia and supplies for the line of forts along the Old Northwest frontier. On May 1, 1813, the British under General Henry Proctor and Chief Tecumseh laid siege to the fort. It was during that time that Colonel Dudley had lead a party outside of the fort and they were eliminated by the British Native Allies. Similar circumstances befell on many a wood gathering party from the American army. Harrison was able to hold out against the British through the use of long and broad hills made inside the fort known as Traverses which not only absorbed many of the incoming British shells but also provided a sleeping quarters for American personnel. Once damp weather befell these dwellings, several soldiers no longer wished to live in the soggy quarters and resigned themselves to sleeping in canvas Army tents. Proctor raised the siege on May 9, 1813. Harrison, having mobilized the garrison into an army, left General Green Clay in command of the fort. Clay held the fort against a second attempted siege by the British that same year in July. Once the British had retreated from the area for good, General Harrison ordered the fort dismantled. Fort Meigs is the largest wooden walled fortification in North America.

Memorial
Today, Fort Meigs is an Ohio State Memorial in Perrysburg, Ohio. The 65 acre (263,000 m²) park includes an entire rebuilt replica of the 1813 fort. Located on the corner of a nearby cemetery even today there still remains the original artillery positions laid by the British for use during the siege. The Visitor Center's museum exhibits include frontier Ohio and early Native Americans, the history of the War of 1812 and the fort's role in the war, artifacts found at Fort Meigs, and military life. Outside, visitors can tour the reconstructed blockhouses and stockade.

Re-enactments
Several re-enactments take place at Fort Meigs each year. They include: First Siege, a battle re-enactment portraying the actual events of the siege of Fort Meigs in May 1813 complete with American and British infantry and artillery. (See Siege of Fort Meigs). This event is held on Memorial Day weekend and is followed on Monday by a ceremony commemorating the fallen soldiers. Muster on the Maumee (Father's Day Weekend) is a timeline event held at the fort and includes everything from ancient Roman Soldiers to the modern era soldier. Independence Day is a re-enactment portraying the events on the Fourth of July in 1813. It is complete with toasts and an 18 gun salute. Drums Along the Maumee is an event bringing together historical drum and fife corps from around the country. Garrison Ghost Walk is an event held the last two weekends in October where a re-enactor guides you through the dark fort to tell ghost stories.