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Fort Stephenson


Battle of Fort Stephenson, War of 1812

The war began because Britain interfered with American trade and shipping on the high seas, and because the U.S. also blamed Britain for inciting and supporting hostile Indians on the frontier. At that time Ohio was part of the frontier.

Before the battle, Britain held the Detroit and Lake Erie region. Because the British attack on Fort Stephenson failed, the British were turned back. They were then defeated in the Battle of Lake Erie and later battles. The battle of Fort Stephenson was the last western battle fought in U.S. territory. Major Croghan, the commander of Fort Stephenson, was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel after his victory over the British forces.

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