1835 : Michigan’s Militia Invades Toledo, Ohio

September 6, 2018 all-day

Disregarding his removal as acting governor of the Michigan Territory on August 29, Stevens T. Mason led the Michigan militia to Toledo on September 6 to prevent any Ohio judges from holding court the following day. They camped that night expecting to fight the next morning, but when they reached Toledo, they found no Ohio soldiers. Disappointed, some of the Michigan volunteers stayed in Toledo for three days, drinking, carousing, and plundering. The Michigan militia disbanded on September 10, and since the Ohio militia had already gone home, the “Toledo War” was over.

Sources :

Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.

For more information about the Toledo War, see Tom Jones, “The war between Michigan and Ohio”, Detroit News, May 21, 2000.

The Toledo War courtesy of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

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