Family hopes exhumation leads to PBS film

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The descendants of a U.S. general from the War of 1812 are requesting his exhumation, in part to inspire production of a PBS documentary about him, according to The Calgary Herald. Zebulon Pike was killed when retreating British and Canadian troops intentionally blew up a munitions depot during the April 1813 capture of present-day Toronto. His remains were moved to a military cemetery in Sackets Harbor, N.Y., but subsequently reburied. The Pike family would like to prove their ancestor’s resting place as well as bolster a worldwide genealogy project tracing his DNA to modern-day Pikes. “We believe there will be significant cultural, historical and economic upsides to the village, including national exposure and increased tourism from the film,” said Pike Family Association veep Stu Pike in letter to citizens of Sackets Harbor requesting permission for the exhumation. The general already inspired a past documentary produced in part by the Smithsonian, Zebulon Pike and the Blue Mountain, about Pike’s expedition through the Southwest in the early 1800s. It ran on Rocky Mountain PBS.