Bonnie Strassell lives in Owen County with her husband, her daughter, a dog, and a passel of chickens. A mother of six and grandmother of fifteen, Bonnie has for many years been a historic re-enactor and storyteller, taking part in numerous events celebrating our nation’s history. She serves as a board member of the Owen County Historical Society, for which she writes a weekly column in the local county newspaper. Bonnie works in the history and genealogy department at the Owen County Public Library, promoting what she feels is a vital knowledge of local and Kentucky history to both children and adults.
1812: Kentuck is Coming
After the Revolutionary War, trouble with the British continued to brew. Their refusal to abandon forts in America and their continual incitement of the Indians caused havoc, especially along the Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky frontier. England’s need for additional troops to fight a war with France in Europe resulted in impressment of sailors traveling on United States ships. These acts further threatened the tenuous peace between the two nations.
On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain, and Kentuckians embraced the news with patriotic fervor. For the next few years, the Kentucky militia took center stage in a war that would determine America’s continued existence as a nation. Kentuck Is Coming is dedicated to these brave Kentuckians who fought in the War of 1812, especially those patriots from the area of Owen County. Joining other Americans, they served as a vanguard in this vital conflict and exhibited invincible valor worthy of a great and free nation.