Chatham in Chatham-Kent County, Ontario — Central Canada
Skirmish at the Forks
Monday, October 4, 1813
—Tecumseh Parkway —
Despite his dismay, Tecumseh convinced his warriors to stage a rearguard action at the Forks on October 4 to slow the American advance. That morning, the warriors attempted to burn the main bridge across McGregor Creek but the wood was too wet from heavy rain to ignite. They then began dismantling the boardwalk of the bridge to make it impassable. When the American army approached the south shore, the warriors hiding in the woods across the creek opened fire.
The skirmish lasted for about two hours. Two Americans were killed as were several warriors. Tecumseh was struck in the arm by a musket ball. The skirmish ended when the American artillery fired their cannon and drove the warriors off, but not before they set fire to the cabin containing the stored arms.
Through the commotion, one of Tecumseh's allies, Walk In The Water, and his warriors abandoned the retreat, as did several Shawnee, Wyandot, and Delaware.
Erected by Tecumseh
Location. 42° 24.399′ N, 82° 11.066′ W. Marker is in Chatham, Ontario, in Chatham-Kent County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of William Street North and Murray Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. The historical marker is located in Chatham, at the point of "The Forks" of the Thames River, in Tecumseh Park, situated along a park walkway. Marker is at or near this postal address: 89 William Street North, Chatham, Ontario N7M 4L5, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Forks (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Skirmish at the Forks (here, next to this marker); British Encampment: Forks of the Thames (here, next to this marker); Casualties of the Skirmish (here, next to this marker); Tecumseh (within shouting distance of this marker); Chatham Blockhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Chatham Armoury (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); John Brown's Convention 1858 (approx. 0.7 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Chatham.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Native Americans • War of 1812 •
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