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Monroe in Monroe County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

First Battle of the River Raisin

 
 
First Battle of the River Raisin Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, February 6, 2010
1. First Battle of the River Raisin Marker
View of the location of the historical marker, showing the marker post with the marker missing. In the background, across the river on the left, is a view of the River Raisin Battlefield Visitor Center.
Inscription. Over this ground, Jan. 18, 1813, 667 Kentuckians and nearly 100 local Frenchmen charged across the frozen river toward the British and Indian positions. The 63 British and Canadian soldiers and 200 Potawatomi Indians made a brief stand there, then retreated with their cannon into a wooded area a mile to the north where the fighting raged for several hours...

Across this ground during the second battle, Jan. 22, the Indians closely pursued the retreating U.S. 17th Infantry and its reinforcements. They tried to reform on the south bank, but became disorganized among farm lot buildings and fence rows. Constantly out flanked by mounted Indians, they fled south along a narrow lane, being fired on from both sides.
 
Erected by Monroe County Historical Commission.
 
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 41° 54.554′ N, 83° 22.719′ W. Marker was in Monroe, Michigan, in Monroe County. Marker could be reached from East Front Street 0.3 miles east of Winchester Street. Click for map. This historical marker is located just off of East Front Street in Hellenberg Park, very near the south side of the River Raisin. To see this historical marker, turn into the park and go to the far end of the parking lot (the end nearest the river) and there one will see a historical marker at the approach to the footbridge that goes to Sterling Island. Marker was in this post office area: Monroe MI 48161, United States of America.
First Battle of the River Raisin Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, February 6, 2010
2. First Battle of the River Raisin Marker
View of the historical marker located on the river side of the walking path's approach to the footbridge leading to Sterling Island.

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. "Newton" Strike (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battles of the River Raisin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Artillery January 22, 1813 (approx. 0.2 miles away); After the Battle (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S. 17th Infantry Campsite (approx. mile away); Skirmish Line (approx. mile away); Roundhead (approx. mile away); First District Court (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Monroe.
 
Categories. MilitaryNative AmericansWar of 1812
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on February 18, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,598 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 18, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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