“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Gibralter in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Battle of Brownstown

Battle of Brownstown Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, February 15, 2010
1. Battle of Brownstown Marker
Inscription. In this vicinity on Aug. 5, 1812, six weeks after the outbreak of war, an Indian force, led by the famous Shawnee chief, Tecumseh, ambushed about 200 Americans under Major Thomas Van Horne who were on the way south to the River Raisin. There, supplies vitally needed by Hull's army in Detroit, were awaiting an escort through the Indian blockade of the River Road. Tecumseh opened fire as the Americans forded Brownstown Creek. Van Horne, overestimating the Indians' numbers, ordered his men to fall back. The retreat soon became a panic-stricken flight back to Fort Lernoult. Seventeen Americans were killed, 12 wounded, and two captured and murdered. One Indian was killed. (Marker Number S100.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 5.079′ N, 83° 12.443′ W. Marker is in Gibralter, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on South Gibraltar Road 0.1 miles east of West Jefferson Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. This historical marker is located where a local walking trail crosses the South Gibraltar Road, and is situated immediately adjacent to a local War of 1812 Memorial. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30786 South Gibraltar Road, Rockwood MI 48173, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Battle of Brownstown Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, February 15, 2010
2. Battle of Brownstown Marker
View of historical marker in right foreground in front of the local War of 1812 Memorial, with a view of the local walking trail that passes by just to the east of the historical marker.
At least 8 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. War of 1812 Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Hull's Trace (approx. 2.9 miles away); Battle of Monguagon (approx. 3.8 miles away); Simon Girty U.E. (approx. 4.8 miles away in Canada); Colonel Matthew Elliott (approx. 7.8 kilometers away in Canada); Capture of the Anne, 1838 (approx. 7.8 kilometers away in Canada); Amherstburg Navy Yard (approx. 8 kilometers away in Canada); The Battle of Lake Erie (approx. 8 kilometers away in Canada).
More about this marker. It is noteworthy to state that the actual location of this marker is different from the location provided in the "Michigan Historical Marker" website, which indicates that the marker is located on Middle Gibraltar Road, when it is actually located about 0.8 miles to the south, on the South Gibraltar Road.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Categories. MilitaryNative AmericansWar of 1812
Battle of Brownstown Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, February 15, 2010
3. Battle of Brownstown Memorial
View of local War of 1812 Memorial that is located immediately to the south of the historical marker.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,630 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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