University of Southern Indiana

War of 1812 Bicentennial Symposium

"1812: Harrison Takes Command"
Indiana Center for Applied Technology, Vincennes University,
Vincennes, Indiana
Saturday, June 30, 2012

imageJoin Historic Southern Indiana for the third annual educational symposia dealing with the War of 1812 and the impact on the Indiana Territory, the Midwest, and the nation. Our first symposium, "The Gathering Storm: The Rise of Tecumseh," addressed events prior to and during 1810 that led up to the conflict. The second symposium, "1811: The Year of the Decision," dealt with the events of 1811, most notably the Battle of Tippecanoe. This year's program will focus on the events of 1812, with emphasis on political themes and the militia of Kentucky and Indiana.

Who Should Attend?
The event is designed for all interested persons - history scholars, K-12 teachers, history buffs, residents in Vincennes and the Wabash Valley - and anyone attracted to reflecting on our heritage as we mark an important event in our country's history.


The registration fee of $25 includes lunch, refreshments, a registration packet, and tours of historic sites.

Register Online
Visit the Outreach and Engagement registration page. Input the following information under "Course/Conference Information" Course #: HSI930
Course/Conference Title: War of 1812 Symposium
Fee: 25.00

Register by phone
For registration by telephone using Visa, Discover, Mastercard, or American Express, call 812/464-1989 or 800/467-8600.

Register by mail
Print out and complete the registration form. Mail the form, together with the registration fee, to the Office of Outreach and Engagement, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, Indiana 47712. Checks should be made payable to USI.


9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.  Registration - Vincennes University's Indiana Center for Applied Technology 
10 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions - Kristalyn Shefveland, University of Southern Indiana and Leslie Townsend, University of Southern Indiana 
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.  "Creating a Frontier War: Harrison, Prophetstown, and the War of 1812," Patrick G. Bottiger, Florida Gulf Coast University
11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Break
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  "What Were the Kentucky Militia's and Anglo-Native American's War Plans, Strategy, and Tactics in the Northwest Territory?" Richard Ferguson, Kentucky Colonel; Lieutenant Colonel James A. Hendricks, U.S. Army (Retired); and John Trowbridge, Chief Historian of Kentucky National Guard
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Lunch and Tours - Grouseland, Vincennes State Historic Site, and George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  "Such a War is Wholly Out of the Question: Planning, Funding, and Decision Making in 1812," Lisa Morales, Lone Star College
3:30 p.m. - 3:45p.m.  Wrap up and Adjournment 

Featured Speakers

Patrick G. Bottiger, assistant professor of history at Florida Gulf Coast University, received his Ph.D. in American History from the University of Oklahoma. His research interests include American Indian communities of colonial and early national U.S., social construction of race, the Revolutionary Frontier and the Ohio Valley, Prophetstown, and Indiana history.

James A. Hendricks is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. Currently an instructor at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia, Hendricks has taught courses on military science including special topics such as the campaign and political strategy in the Northwest Territory during the War of 1812.

John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard command historian, is a Vincennes University alumnus and 18-year veteran of the U.S. Army. He has written about important Kentuckians and the Kentucky military's role in major conflicts throughout U.S. history. His work has won awards from the American Association for State and Local History, the Historical Confederation of Kentucky, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Richard Ferguson has done extensive research on the War of 1812 in Indiana, particularly the battle known as Spur's Defeat. He was awarded an official Kentucky colonel for his efforts to locate the battlefield. Along with John Trowbridge and James Hendricks, he coauthored They Were Too Drunk with Firewater and Fear, a historical novel about the events surrounding the battle.

Lisa Morales is assistant dean of instruction at Lone Star College-Tomball. She holds a Ph.D. in history with a secondary field in economics from the University of North Texas. Her research interests include finance in the early national period, the development of banking functions in United States, and the financial history of the War of 1812.

Overnight Accomodations

Persons desiring to spend the night(s) of June 29 and/or June 30 in Vincennes should contact one of the following local hotels/motels directly.

Best Western Inn
2500 Old Decker Rd.

Comfort Suites
2555 Hart St.

Days Inn
602 Old Wheatland Rd.

Econo Lodge Inn
600 Old Wheatland Rd.

Holiday Inn Express
2720 Battery Rd.
812/ 886-6333

Vincennes Super Eight
609 Shirlee St.

Towneplace Suites by Marriott
1320 Willow Street

Historic Southern Indiana University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712
Phone: 812/465-7014 | Fax: 812/465-7061 | Toll-Free: 1-800-489-4474
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