Settlers from Kentucky had been some of the first to claim land in Ohio and Kentucky. On September 3, 1812 the small settlement of Pigeon Roost in southern Indian was attacked by a roaming band of Indians. The tiny settlement was made up of about 10 families that had emigrated from Kentucky. Twenty of the settlers and their children died that day. The most notable battle for the Kentuckians was the Battle of the River Raisin.. The defeat of the Kentuckians there, quickly dispelled the idea that the war would be a short one and that Kentuckians would overtake Canada and bring the British to the bargaining table. Governor Isaac Shelby had returned to office as Kentucky’s fifth governor. He had served as the first Governor and then returned to his home feeling his service to his state was over. But the need for a war time leader had seen Shelby elelcted again and he not only served as Governor but he raised 3,500 troops for the war effort and served as a military leader most notably in the Battle of the Thames. He was also instrumental in naming
Indiana’s territorial Governor William Henry Harrison to command the troops.
On other fronts of the War, Washington City ( the nation’s capital was attacked and burned in 1814) and another British force made an attack on New England. Andrew Jackson gathered another force to head off troops at New Orleans. By this time Kentuckians were done with the fight. When the War Department demanded Shelby raise 2,500 troops for Jackson he found it necessary to draft troops. Even then he was only able to arm about 1200. The Battle of New Orleans brought a conclusion to the fighting.