Learn about War of 1812 Battle of Rock Island Rapids in Wednesday library program

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The Davenport Public Library downtown is hosting a free talk Wednesday, Jan. 12, which also will be available online.

Kevin Braafladt, the Army Sustainment Command Deputy Historian at the Rock Island Arsenal, and the Army Sustainment Command History Office will give a free talk Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. about a Q-C battle during the War of 1812.

This session (presented by the Davenport Public Library) will discuss the Battle of the Rock Island Rapids within the context of the War of 1812 and the local conflicts that broke out during the war on the Mississippi River.

This program is scheduled to be held in person at the Main Library (321 N. Main St., Davenport) and virtually.

Campbell’s Island (near East Moline) was the site of the Battle of Rock Island Rapids, one of the westernmost battles of the War of 1812, when a band of approximately 500 Sauk warriors allied with the British Army clashed on July 19, 1814 with an American force led by Lieutenant John Campbell of the 1st U.S. Regiment of Infantry. Campbell was leading three gunboats along the Mississippi River to carry military supplies to Fort Shelby, located at the present site of Prairie du Chien, Wis.

If you would prefer to attend Wednesday’s talk in person, please register here: https://davenportlibrary.libcal.com/event/8435636.

If you would prefer to attend virtually, you can register here: https://davenportlibrary.libcal.com/event/8435680. Virtual registrants will receive an email with the meeting link.

For in-person attendees, please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety recommendations. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates. Masks are recommended.

For more information, visit www.davenportlibrary.com or call the library at (563) 326-7832.

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