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

Skirmish Line

 
 
Skirmish Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 7, 2008
1. Skirmish Line Marker
Inscription. In this vicinity and parallel to the driveway, a line of scattered human remains were detected in 2000, which may mark the main skirmish line of the 17th U.S. Infantry. The bodies of those killed lay exposed to the elements for some time after the battle. Eventually, the scattered remains were gathered up and buried at several sites, including Memorial Place on South Monroe Street, where the Kentucky Monument is located. In the 1830's, bodies were removed to military cemeteries in Detroit and Frankfort, Kentucky. Nine counties in Kentucky are named after men who fought at the River Raisin, 8 of whom died here. They are Allen, Ballard, Graves, Edmonson, Hart, Hickman, McCracken, Meade, and Simpson.
 
Erected by Monroe County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 54.687′ N, 83° 22.516′ W. Marker is in Monroe, Michigan, in Monroe County. Marker can be reached from East Elm Street 0.1 miles west 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
Skirmish Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 16, 2009
2. Skirmish Line Marker
View of historical marker in the left foreground and a view, looking to the north, of where the U.S. 17th Infantry was encamped (probably just beyond the rail fence) and where the British launched their surprise counterattack (probably from the area of the trees beyond the open field).
historical 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. Roundhead (within shouting distance of this marker); After the Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. 17th Infantry Campsite (within shouting distance of this marker); Battles of the River Raisin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Artillery January 22, 1813 (about 300 feet away); "Newton" Strike (about 700 feet 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. (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 Raisin Battlefield." (Submitted on July 18, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar of 1812
 
Skirmish Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 16, 2009
3. Skirmish Line Marker
View of the historical marker (seen in the distant center of picture) and the probable skirmish line set up by the U.S. 17th Infantry to resist their attackers, probably stretching out in the area between the sidewalk and the driveway.
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 Skirmish Line.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,092 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 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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