The Tuesday, March 9, 1920, edition of the Flint Journal, contained the following article on Page One:
KENTUCKY COMMISSIONS 1812 DESCENDANT TO GET FLAG BRITISH CAPTURED
Frankfort, KY - March 9 - James Buchanon, Louiville a descendant of Col. Wm. Whitley commander of the Kentucky volunteers in the battle of the Thames in Michigan in the war of 1812, will go to England as a commissioner of the state of Kentucky in bringing back the Kentucky battle flag which was lost at that battle.
The upper house of the general assembly yesterday appropriated expenses for Mr. Buchanon's trip.
The battle is commonly called by historians "the massacre of the River Raisin" because a majority of the Kentuckians were killed and scalped by the Indians after they had surrendered to the British officers under an unfulfilled promise of protection from the Indians.