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The Cincinnati Blanket Campaign of 1812

The Cincinnati Blanket Campaign of 1812.

The Cincinnati Blanket Campaign of 1812


As more and more Ohio men mobilized to fight the British, many quickly reached destinations without being properly equipped to fight a campaign.  One item glaringly absent from the soldiers’ supplies was a blanket.  Ohio governor, Return Jonathan Meigs sent this message to the citizens of Cincinnati:

 A Call on the Patriotism of Cincinnati

The situation of our country has compelled the Government to resort to precautionary measures of defense.  In obedience to its call, 400 men have abandoned the comforts of domestic life and are here assembled in camp, at the distance of some hundred miles from home, prepared to protect our frontier from the awful effects of savage and of civilized warfare.  But the unprecedented celerity with which they have moved precluded the possibility of properly equipping them.  Many, very many of them, are destitute of blankets, and without those indispensible articles it will be impossible for them to move to their point of destination.  Citizens of Cincinnati! This appeal is made to you, Let each family furnish one or more blankets, and the requisite number will be easily completed.  It is not requested as a boon: the moment your blankets are delivered you shall receive the full value in money-they are not to be had at the stores.  The season of the year is approaching when each family may, without inconvenience, part with one.  Mother!  Sisters!  Wives!—Recollect that the men in whose favor this appeal is made, have connections as near and dear as any which can bind you to life.  These they have voluntarily abandoned, trusting that the integrity and patriotism of their fellow-citizens will supply every requisite for themselves and their families and trusting that the same spirit which enabled their fathers to achieve their independence will enable their sons to defend it.  To-morrow arrangements will be made for their reception, and the price paid.

R.J. Meigs, Governor of Ohio

Cincinnati, April 30, 1812.


The call was met generously by the Cincinnati citizenry.  This is one of the many ways in which Cincinnati contributed to the war effort during this second war for independence.  More stories like this lie forgotten from Cincinnati’s history in the War of 1812.

Join us November 9 at 10:00 am, at Heritage Village Museum, as we celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.  Presenting will be nationally published authors; Larry L. Nelson, Karo Tiro, and Mary Stockwell.  They will be discussing the American, British, and Native American perspectives of the conflict that helped shape Cincinnati and the state of Ohio.