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Frontiersmen in the War of 1812
ISBN: 978-1-938905-90-2

Frontiersmen in the War of 1812

The Forgotten War.

The Kentucky Historical Society annually recognizes people and organizations which have shown a consistent effort to promote the preservation and appreciation of Kentucky history. 

On Nov. 11, KHS presented the 2016 Kentucky History Award to Mr. Glen Conner for his publication Frontiersmen in the War of 1812

Some call the War of 1812 a forgotten war, a conflict that doesn’t resonate in the same way as the American Revolution or the Civil War, yet this war was a key event in the development of a young America. Forgotten, too, are the many frontiersmen who fought to preserve American soil against the British and their Indian who lived, hunted and farmed along the largely unsettled lands between the Appalachian mountains and the Mississippi River, and who cherished freedom above all

In a search to see if a long lost ancestor had served in the War of 1812, author Glen Conner discovered the names and stories of many veteran frontiersmen who lived in the central border areas of Kentucky and Tennessee.

Frontiersmen in the War of 1812 follows the war from its origins to its conclusion, then provides an in-depth look at land grants and pensions issued to frontiersmen following the war, over 150 biographical portraits of the men who served, and geographical features and place names.

May these heroes of old be remembered for all time.

Below is a sneak peek at some of what you will find in Frontiersmen in the War of 1812. 

“The frontier militiamen of the War of 1812 resembled the minutemen of the Revolutionary War in many ways. The soldiers in both were poorly trained, poorly equipped, and relatively undisciplined. On the other hand, they were similar in that the call for duty was answered with patriotism, allegiance, and honorable service.”

“The news of the massacre at the River Raisin in January 1813 swept rapidly across the frontier bringing sadness, creating outrage, arousing passions, and renewing love of country. We had the same responses when we heard about the attacks on 11 September 2001, and understand the feelings of the frontiersmen of that day.”

“Frontiersmen who used rifles to kill squirrels had little difficulty hitting a large target such as a man, even at long range.”

“Clearly, the frontiersmen had a major role in ending the War of 1812. The long, cold, hungry walk home was not accompanied by an anticipation of a victory parade, laudatory speeches, or adulation by thankful citizens.”

“Conversations between soldier and civilian are not usually matters of right or wrong, although both may assert that belief. Rather, both are about opinions formed from almost totally opposite viewpoints: the soldier’s specific recall and the civilian’s general knowledge.”

About the author: 

Glen Conner notes that he has had “three careers” in his lifetime. His first career was in the U.S. Air Force, which included a Vietnam tour. He retired as a Colonel after 23 years, and soon began his second career when he joined the faculty in the Department of Geography and Geology at Western Kentucky University (WKU). For the next 24 years he taught meteorology and physical geography and was the State Climatologist for Kentucky.

Following his tenure at WKU, Glen began his third career as a writer beginning with his first book, ‘Til Freedom Came, for which he received a publication award for 2011 from The Kentucky Historical Society.

He is a member of his local Historical Society, researches historical records, compiles data, and writes about what intrigues him. His interest in the War of 1812 began during his time in the U.S. Air Force.

Glen Conner wins the 2018 Kentucky History Award of Distinction

Presented to a non-paid individual who, as a volunteer, board member, or member of an organization, has made a significant contribution to state and local history during his/her career at one or more museums, historical societies, genealogical societies or other history-related organizations.


Proceeds from the sale of this book will also help other communities and organizations preserve their history through Our American Heritage Project, a non-profit organization.

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