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

U.S. 17th Infantry Campsite

River Raisin Battlefield 1813

 
 
U.S. 17th Infantry Campsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 7, 2008
1. U.S. 17th Infantry Campsite Marker
Inscription. Elements of the U.S. 17th Infantry were camped in an open field just north of here when the British and Indians launched their surprise counterattack at dawn, January 22, 1813. The Americans held their ground here for 20 minutes before the Canadian militiamen with the British and Indians flanked them, forcing a retreat. Reinforcements arrived from the Kentucky militia camp to the west, but the Americans forces soon found themselves fleeing across the frozen river toward the old road to Ohio. Nearly 400 Americans were eventually swept into this retreat. Later, the British moved their cannon to this site, hoping to surround the Kentucky militia camp, which was still fighting courageously.
 
Erected by Monroe County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 54.703′ N, 83° 22.539′ W. Marker is in Monroe, Michigan, in Monroe County. Marker can be reached from East Elm Street 0.2 miles north of Detroit Avenue. Click for map. To view this historical marker exit Interstate 75 at Elm Street Monroe, Michigan exit on the north side of the River Raisin. Proceed west on East Elm Street for 0.5 mile and you should arrive at the River Raisin Battlefield Visitor Center, on your right (the north side of the road). This historical
U.S. 17th Infantry Campsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 7, 2008
2. U.S. 17th Infantry Campsite Marker
View of the historical marker in the right foreground and a view looking north in the direction of the 17th Infantry campsite and in the direction of the British attack.
marker, along with several others, is located behind the visitor center in the parking lot area. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1403 East Elm Street, Monroe MI 48162, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. After the Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); Skirmish Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery January 22, 1813 (within shouting distance of this marker); Battles of the River Raisin (within shouting distance of this marker); Roundhead (within shouting distance of this marker); "Newton" Strike (approx. 0.2 miles away); First District Court (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Battle of the River Raisin (approx. mile away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Monroe.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Frenchtown. This web link was both published and made available by, "Absolute Astronomy.com," in it's quest to enable "exploring the universe of knowledge." (Submitted on July 18, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Remember the River Raisin. This web link is published by "Michigan History Magazine." (Submitted on July 18, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Battle of Frenchtown. This web link is published and made available by "Friends of the River
U.S. 17th Infantry Campsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 16, 2009
3. U.S. 17th Infantry Campsite Marker
A view of the historical marker in the left foreground and a view of the right flank that was attacked by the Canadian militia and Indians, which in turn caused the 17th Infantry's defense of their position to collapse.
Raisin Battlefield." (Submitted on July 18, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
River Raisin Battlefield Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 16, 2009
4. River Raisin Battlefield Visitor Center
Behind the Visitor Center is where a number of historical markers are located, including the marker for the U.S. 17th Infantry Campsite.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,012 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   4. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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