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Steele's Rifles

Steele's Rifles honors and comemmorates the men of a company of volunteer militia foot rifles that was raised in Greene County (southwestern Ohio) early in the War of 1812. The company was raised by Capt. James Steele and was the first unit into action from the area when the word of the fall of Detroit arrived in Xenia, OH. Steele and 70 of his men went to war and 58 of them came back six months later.

We strive for authenticity in our appearance and equipment and welcome any interested man or woman who wishes to become active in re-enactment. Contact Captain R. E. van Patten, Officer Commanding via e-mail: HEREor call 937-848-4069.