Illinois war of 1812 society

American Recruiting Song 
War of 1812

Brave sons of the West, 
the blood in your veins
At danger's approach waited not for persuaders;
You rushed from your mountains, your hills, and your plains,
And followed your streams to repel the invaders.

Welcome to ILLINOIS WAR of 1812 Society

"Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,..."
We are looking for reenactors, vendors, and living history exhibitors to participate in the 200th anniversary of the attack on Hill's Fort. It will be held September 12-14, 2014 at the reconstructed fort site in Greenville, Illinois. For further information, contact Bill Johnson at (618) 664-0958.

"Throughout the United States and Canada, plans are gearing up to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. 

The state of Illinois is no exception.  Just in time for the bicentennial, the Illinois Society of the War of 1812 is being reenergized with new members.  We 'd love to have you join us."  Illinois Society VPG Charles Schweizer 
It is with a very heavy heart that we report the death of Illinois Vice President General Charles B. Schweizer. He passed away on May 12, 2013, just days away from his 100th birthday. He was a great supporter of our organization. We will miss his enthusiasm, his love of life, his sage council and his friendship. Our sincere sympathy to Charles' children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
We have chosen as the face of our state society, Samuel Whiteside, an Illinois soldier. Click here to find out why.  

Membership in our society is open to any male of any age who is of good moral character and reputation, and who can provide lineal descent to a patriot who served during the War of 1812, in a military service of the United States.  The General Society of the War of 1812 offers more information about qualifications for becoming a member.   You can download a membership application here

Our Objectives

foto hereCooperate with other patriotic organizations to achieve mutual goals; encourage patriotism and patriotic education; promote historic preservation; make every effort to have a gravestone marker placed on the grave of any War of 1812 soldier buried in Illinois; recognize outstanding cadets through the ROTC programs at Illinois educational institutions; sponsor an essay contest for students aged 14-18; and support Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission projects.      


Events for 2014 are being planned now.

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