Half Horse and Half Alligator

James A. Ramage and Andrea S. Watkins

in Kentucky Rising

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134406
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135977 | DOI:
Half Horse and Half Alligator

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The myth surrounding Kentuckians was that they were skilled warriors who excelled at attacking Native Americans. This won them special hatred on the part of Native Americans that boiled over in the War of 1812. Kentuckians celebrated their military renown. Kentucky was the key to the war in the Northwest because west of the Appalachians Kentucky had more residents than any other state and its economy was the most advanced. President James Madison relied on militia to fight the war, and in the West he relied on the Kentucky militia. In the War of 1812, nonregular Kentucky soldiers demonstrated that they could fight as well as regulars. With the support of a small detachment of regular army soldiers they won the strategic battle of the Thames that with Perry's victory on Lake Erie achieved American control of Upper Canada.

Keywords: War of 1812; soldiers; Canada; Detroit; Native American; Kentuckian

Chapter.  12461 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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