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The Army of the Northwest was a U.S. Army unit formed at the outset of the War of 1812 and charged with control of the state of Ohio, the Indiana Territory, Michigan Territory and Illinois Territory.[1]


The first commander William Hull was in charge while the regiment was at Detroit, before surrendering it to the British. James Winchester then led the army back up north towards Detroit, but turned to defend Fort Defiance instead.[2] Perhaps due to Winchester's unpopularity, President James Madison soon appointed William Henry Harrison as commander of the army in late 1812. Harrison led the army in the Siege of Fort Meigs and the Battle of the Thames.


The following men served as commanders of the Army of the Northwest:[1]



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