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Near Thamesville in Chatham-Kent County, Ontario — Central Canada
 

The Bugles Sound

Tuesday, October 5, 1813, 4:00 p.m.

 

—Tecumseh Parkway —

 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
1. The Bugles Sound Marker
View, looking south, of the English text side of the historical marker.
Inscription. Many of the men of the 41st Regiment had been stationed in Canada for 13 years. By October 5, 1813, they had not been paid for 6 to 9 months; they lacked tents and blankets; their uniforms were in rags; they were plagued by a variety of diseases; and they had not had proper food for days. British Ensign James Cochran observed, "The attack was silently awaited, each determined to do his duty, but few with any doubt as to the result."

The British, numbering about 450, faced 3000 American troops that included five regiments of Kentucky Volunteer Militia, Johnson's Regiment of Mounted Infantry, 120 regulars, and 200 Native Warriors.

At 4:00 p.m., the American bugles sounded and the assault began with the American battle cry, "Remember the River Raisin!" reminding the British of the massacre of American prisoners by warriors under Procter's command earlier in the year. Colonel Johnson led the attack with his mounted infantry. Half of his force charged the south end of the British front line (nearest the road and river) while the other half attacked the First Nations warriors in the marsh. The plan was to break through both British lines with their horses, dismount, and attack from the rear, while the American foot soldiers would follow and attack from the front. The strategy worked. The mounted infantry broke the British
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By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
2. The Bugles Sound Marker
View, looking north, of the French text side of the historical marker.
front line. The British troops fired one volley and then scattered to the cover of trees or surrendered. In the process, the British cannon was captured before it could be fired. The second line, after firing two rounds, was similarly broken by the U.S. horsemen. The forward action was over in minutes with 12 British killed, 22 wounded, and three Americans dead.

During the attack, Major General Procter tried to rally the troops to re-form but had to flee on horseback along with a few other officers and provincial dragoons. A group of Johnson's Mounted Infantry pursued Procter and his party but were foiled when Jacques Baby, a Canadian Militia officer from Sandwich, was thrown from his horse near a narrow bridge, hence obstructing the pursuers. Procter and a small group of officers and men narrowly escaped capture and reached Burlington Heights.
 
Erected by Tecumseh Parkway.
 
Location. 42° 33.85′ N, 81° 55.846′ W. Marker is near Thamesville, Ontario, in Chatham-Kent County. Marker can be reached from Longwoods Road (Provincial Highway 2) 4.2 kilometers east of Victoria Road (Provincial Highway 21), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The historical marker is located in a Historical Park, that commemorates the Battle of the Thames,
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By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
3. The Bugles Sound Marker
A close-up view of the English text side of the historical marker.
along the east side of a park roadway with a long series of Tecumseh Parkway markers. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14376 Longwoods Road, Thamesville, Ontario N0P, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Participants in the Battle of the Thames (a few steps from this marker); Assault on Backmetack Marsh (a few steps from this marker); The Death of Tecumseh (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Participants in the Battle of the Thames (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Participants in the Battle of the Thames (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Participants in the Battle of the Thames (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Participants in the Battle of the Thames (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Participants in the Battle of the Thames (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Thamesville.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansWar of 1812
 
The Bugles Sound Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
4. The Bugles Sound Marker
A close-up view of a map of the Battle of the Thames, October 4, 1813, from Robert McAfee's journal, that is displayed on the historical marker.
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By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
5. The Bugles Sound Marker
A close-up view of a print showing the Battle of the Thames - Death of Tecumseh by Alonzo Chappel, that is displayed on the historical marker.
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By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
6. The Bugles Sound Marker
A close-up view of a painting of the Battle of the Thames, entitled "Remember the River Raisin!," by Ken Riley, that is displayed on the historical marker.
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By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
7. The Bugles Sound Marker
A close-up view of a print of the Battle of the Thames by Dr. F. S. Miesse, that is displayed on the historical marker.
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By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
8. The Bugles Sound Marker
View of the short park roadway that is lined with a series of Tecumseh Parkway historical markers, including this featured historical marker.
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By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
9. The Bugles Sound Marker
View, looking south, of the featured historical marker, located as the ninth marker from the beginning of a series of Tecumseh Parkway historical markers.
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By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
10. The Bugles Sound Marker
View, looking north, of the featured historical marker, located as the ninth marker from the beginning of a series of Tecumseh Parkway historical markers.
Tecumseh Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
11. Tecumseh Memorial
View of the nearby Tecumseh Memorial.
 
 
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