March 9: DAR to Host “Remember the Raisin”
The Ocotillo Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has invited Bill and Sandra Wilson to present an historical and authentic War of 1812 bicentennial program, Remember the Raisin, Saturday, March 9 at 9:35 a.m. at the Outlets at Anthem community room, suite 435.
Sandra and her husband, Bill Wilson, will present the program, which is based on the real-life experiences of Thomas Wilson, Jr., a Kentucky militiaman, in the War of 1812.
The most memorable battle of the war, as far as the Kentucky Militia was concerned, was that of the Battle of the River Raisin. This involved a detachment of 990 Kentucky militiamen who were ordered to attack Canadian troops at Frenchtown. American casualties totaled over 300 killed outright, about 60 seriously wounded and more than 500 prisoners taken, while only 24 British were killed and 158 wounded. Of the prisoners, only about 30 survived the torture; Thomas Wilson, Jr. was one of them. This incident soon became known as the River Raisin Massacre, and the rallying cry for the war became, “Remember the Raisin!”
The Wilsons have been 19th Century Revolutionary War re-enactors for nearly 30 years. Bill is currently a member of the Mohave Muleskinners, the Goldfield Gunfighters and a Trail Master for Apache Trail Tours. The program is open to non-members.