This month, KGS & KHS welcomes author Glen Conner! With his new book coming out this year, Mr. Conner has graciously agreed to share some of his methodology behind the research. As the author notes, this book came to fruition after he embarked on a journey to find out if one of his ancestors fought in the War of 1812.
“Frontiersmen in the War of 1812 follows the war from its origin to its conclusion, then provides an in-depth look at land grants and pensions issued to frontiersmen following the war, over 150 biographical portraits of the men who served, and geographical features and place names.”
A note from the speaker about this topic:
“Glen Conner was not daunted by the thought of research for a book about the men living on the frontier who fought in the War of 1812. It seemed to be simple enough. Define a study area in south central Kentucky and north central Tennessee, describe the geographical setting, collect information about the state militia units that were involved, detail the military actions involving those units, and identify the frontiersmen who became the soldiers. Simplicity turned out to be totally absent. Instead, the path had obstacles to research that were daunting.
His presentation will describe the major obstacles such as changes in the boundaries of counties and states before, during, and after the war. He was disappointed at absence of any lists of soldiers by county origin. He was surprised by the absence of military unit histories, the intentional destruction of soldier records, and the lack of maps. He had not anticipated the need to know about the migration of soldiers before and after the war, the continual changes in federal laws concerning militia service, or the evolving bounty land awards. The exploration path to knowledge was unchartered, but, as Robert Frost wrote, “way leads on to way.”
The way led on to his book “Frontiersmen in the War of 1812” published earlier this year. He will recount a few of the battles in which frontier Kentuckians played a major role. His stories will be told from the soldier’s view of their arduous tasks. These remarkable men left the quiet of the frontier to accompany General Harrison to Tippecanoe, Governor Shelby to Canada, and General Jackson to New Orleans. They would fight a battle and then return home to their cabins on Kentucky’s frontier. Patriotism inspired them and perseverance sustained them. This bicentennial year of the war is an appropriate time to remember them.”
About the Speaker: Glen Conner is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, retired WKU faculty, and served as the State Climatologist. In 2011, his book ‘Til Freedom Came won a publication award from the Kentucky Historical Society.
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