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Chatham in Chatham-Kent County, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Skirmish at the Forks

Monday, October 4, 1813

 

—Tecumseh Parkway —

 
Skirmish at the Forks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
1. Skirmish at the Forks Marker
View of the historical marker, looking west, with a view of The Fork of the Thames River in the background.
Inscription. Robert McAfee, a member of Colonel Johnson's Kentucky Mounted Regiment, described the skirmish in his journal. He wrote:

Oct 4: …a woman … informed us that about six miles above the River forked, that there was a large bridge across the mouth of the Right hand fork and a mill and a bridge about about about a mile and a half up the fork where the Indians were encamped [sic] and she expected that they would make a stand and fight … about twelve o'clock the firing commenced on our left and our cannon opened at the Bridge at the mouth of creek … we got in sight of the Creek, which when we approached the firing became general along our lines which we immediately formed in order of battle and my company came up directly at the Bridge and Indian Camp which a few fires soon routed … several of my company narrowly escaped being killed or wounded, but half an hour put us in possession of the Bridge and whole Indian Camp … In this fight Captain Rice and Combs of our Regiment each had a man killed and Sergeant-Major Dickison was shot thro [sic] the thigh and had his horse killed under him. Captain Craig was wounded in the shoulder ...
 
Erected by Tecumseh Parkway.
 
Location. 42° 24.399′ N, 82° 11.067′ W. Marker
Skirmish at the Forks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
2. Skirmish at the Forks Marker
Close-up view, looking west, of the English text side of the historical 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. A different marker also named Skirmish at the Forks (here, next to this marker); Casualties of the Skirmish (here, next to this marker); British Encampment: Forks of the Thames (here, next to this marker); The Forks (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 EraNative AmericansWar of 1812
 
Skirmish at the Forks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
3. Skirmish at the Forks Marker
Close-up view, looking east, of the French text side of the historical marker.
Skirmish at the Forks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
4. Skirmish at the Forks Marker
View, looking east, of the historical marker, with a distant view of Tecumseh Park in the background
Skirmish at the Forks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
5. Skirmish at the Forks Marker
View of the park walkway that leads to "The Forks" of the Thames River, where several Tecumseh Parkway historical markers are located.
Skirmish at the Forks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
6. Skirmish at the Forks Marker
View of the "The Forks" of the Thames River, where several Tecumseh Parkway historical markers are located.
View of The Forks image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
7. View of The Forks
View of the cannon situated at "The Forks" of the Thames River.
Tecumseh Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
8. Tecumseh Park Sign
View, looking north on William Street North, of the sign for Tecumseh Park, where the historical marker is located, and a distant view of the Tecumseh Parkway sign used to alert motorists of the presence of these historical markers.
The Forks of the Thames Sign image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
9. The Forks of the Thames Sign
View, looking north on William Street North, of the Tecumseh Parkway sign used to alert motorists of the presence of these historical markers in Tecumseh Park.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 392 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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