RIVER RAISIN BATTLEFIELD

 

THE WAR OF 1812, WHICH IS SOMETIMES CALLED "THE SECOND WAR OF INDEPENDENCE", WAS FOUGHT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND GREAT BRITAIN AND LASTED THREE YEARS, FROM 1812 TO 1815.

ON JANUARY 22, 1813, A BATTLE WAS FOUGHT ON THE RIVER RAISIN IN FRENCHTOWN (MONROE) , MICHIGAN.  THE AMERICAN TROOPS WERE LEAD BY BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES WINCHESTER AND NUMBERED AROUND 850. THE BRITISH FORCES WERE LEAD BY COLONEL HENRY PROCTER AND NUMBERED APPROXIMATELY 500 REGULARS AND 500 FIRST NATION WARRIORS . THE FIRST NATION WARRIORS WERE LEAD BY WYANDOT CHIEF ROUNDHEAD.

THE BRITISH AND NATIVE TROOPS SURPRISED THE AMERICANS AT DAWN ON JANUARY 22, 1813 AND MORE THAN 300 AMERICANS WERE KILLED. WINCHESTER WAS CAPTURED BY CHIEF ROUNDHEAD AND QUICKLY SURRENDERED HIS ENTIRE ARMY.

FEARING A COUNTERATTACK BY THE AMERICANS, COLONEL PROCTER RETREATED TO BROWNSTOWN WITH HIS AMERICAN PRISONERS AND HIS WOUNDED. THE AMERICAN WOUNDED WERE LEFT BEHIND UNDER THE GUARD OF THE FIRST NATION WARRIORS BECAUSE THERE WERE NOT ENOUGH SLEIGHS TO CARRY THEM. COLONEL PROCTER LATER CLAIMED HE HAD PLANNED TO GO BACK FOR THEM THE FOLLOWING DAY, BUT BY THEN THE WARRIORS HAD EXECUTED BETWEEN 30 AND 60 OF THE AMERICAN WOUNDED.

THIS INCIDENT SOON BECAME KNOWN AS "THE RIVER RAISIN MASSACRE" AND "REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN" BECAME A RALLYING BATTLE CRY.

 

WE FEEL VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE THE RIVER RAISIN BATTLEFIELD IN OUR AREA BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS IT A PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR'S DREAM COME TRUE, IT'S ALSO A PLACE WHERE WE CAN ALL LEARN SOME OF THE HISTORY OF OUR GREAT STATE OF MICHIGAN. OUR GROUP HAS SPENT MANY NIGHTS EXPLORING THE BATTLEFIELD TO TRY AND CAPTURE EVIDENCE OF PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, BUT IN THE PROCESS WE HAVE ALL LEARNED A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY TOO. IF YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN EITHER THE PARANORMAL OR HISTORY I HIGHLY RECOMMEND VISITING THE RIVER RAISIN BATTLEFIELD.

THE RIVER RAISIN BATTLEFIELD VISITOR'S CENTER IS LOCATED DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THE BATTLEFIELD AT 1403 E. ELM STREET, MONROE, MICHIGAN. THEY HAVE SOME ARTIFACTS ON DISPLAY AND OFFER A FIBER OPTICS DISPLAY WHICH EXPLAINS WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE BATTLE. THEIR SUMMER HOURS (FROM MEMORIAL DAY THROUGH LABOR DAY) ARE 10AM TO 5PM SEVEN DAYS A WEEK AND THEIR WINTER HOURS ARE 10AM TO 5PM SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ONLY.

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