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    Smoke covers the battle field as American forces fire their canons.

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    Members of the First Regiment of Rifles perform a shooting demonstration Saturday during the First Siege at Fort Meigs.

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Members of the First Regiment of Rifles perform a shooting demonstration Saturday during the First Siege at Fort Meigs.

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In commemoration of the First Siege battle at Fort Meigs, there was a battle reenactment, cannon demonstrations, and other activities Saturday at the Perrysburg fort.

The program continues 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, with another reenactment and more activities.

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It is the first big event for new Fort Meigs Director Scott Lonsdale. He has been to the fort in the past, however, as a reenactor during First Siege programs.

"I love being in a place where history took place," he said. "This is hallowed  ground. Men died here defending our country -- explaining that to the general public is very meaningful to me."

2b8c073e-d673-495f-9392-d764cae23228The reenactment is of the First Siege battle of May 5, 1813, when American troop battalion charged British and Native Americans. After a few days, the British and Native Americans were forced to withdraw, according to the Fort Meigs Web site.

The activities include demonstrations of muskets, artillery, rifles, battles, and soldiers drills. There also are interpretive talks, hands on demonstrations, and a battle reenactment at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Admissions is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students, and children five and under are free.

About 100 reenactors are expected, and Mr. Lonsdale said he is excited to see old friends.

"There will also be cooking demonstrations and you can walk and talk to reenactors about camp life," he said.

Some of the children's activities include playing games from 200 years ago. 

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