Hart County, Kentucky

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Historical Marker #43 in Munfordville commemorates the establishment of Hart County, which is named in honor of a War of 1812 veteran.

Nathaniel Hart was born in Maryland and moved to Lexington in 1794. In Kentucky, Hart owned a rope factory and studied law under his brother-in-law, Henry Clay. During the War of 1812, he commanded the Lexington Light Infantry, a militia company. His troops became part of Colonel William Lewis's 5th Regiment, Kentucky Volunteer Militia.

On January 22, 1813, at the Battle of the River Raisin, Hart was wounded and captured. Many of the wounded Kentuckians were massacred by Native American troops after the battle. Despite being promised safe passage away from the area, Hart was found by other Indians and was tomahawked and scalped. Unlike many Kentuckians who fought at River Raisin, Hart's body was recovered and his remains were moved to Frankfort in 1834.

When Hart County was formed in 1819, it was named in his honor.

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Kentucky War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission Logo

The Kentucky Historical Society is the administrative agency for the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, an 18-member body established by the Kentucky legislature in 2010.

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"Remember the River Raisin!"

Print from the National Guard Heritage series, "Remember the River Raisin!"

On Aug. 15, 1812, Kentucky volunteers rendezvoused in Georgetown before marching into present-day Michigan. Upon nearing Frenchtown (now Monroe), Gen. James Winchester's Kentuckians attacked that town in order to secure supplies. On Jan. 18, 1813, Winchester's men took the settlement. British forces and their Native American allies counterattacked on January 22 in what has become known as the Battle of the River Raisin. Hit hard by artillery, the Kentucky troops ultimately retreated. After the battle, some Kentucky troops were taken prisoner and marched northwards, and between 40 and 65 wounded Americans were killed by Native Americans. "Remember the Raisin" soon became a rallying cry for Americans.

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Sanders, “Hart County, Kentucky,” ExploreKYHistory, accessed September 2, 2014, http:/​/​explorekyhistory.​ky.​gov/​items/​show/​76.​
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