Private Claim 96 of Jean (John) Baptist Couture
River Raisin National Battlefield Park
Hopes of a peaceful New Year were shattered on January 18, 1813, when U.S. forces attacked the Native Confederation and British along the River Raisin. After successfully liberating the French habitats, Kentucky regiment officers established their headquarters in the Couture home, and Mr. Couture resumed his responsibility as Captain of the 2nd Michigan.
On January 22, Captain Couture was killed during the second Battle of the River Raisin while reinforcing the right wing
On the morning of January 23, a Native warrior captured
Medard while he tended U.S. wounded in the nearby Jerome
house. Ottawa Chief Waugon recognized Medard, threw a blanket over him and declared, "His father lies dead in the yard, he
is now my son.” Chief Waugon saved Medard's life, but the
Couture family buildings were looted and burned.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; City of Monroe, Michigan; River Raisin National Battlefield Park Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • War of 1812. A significant historical date for this entry is January 18, 1813.
Location. 41° 54.717′ N, 83° 22.667′ W. Marker is in Monroe, Michigan, in Monroe County. Marker is on East Elm Avenue, 0.2 miles north of Detroit Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1253 River Raisin Heritage Trail, Monroe MI 48162, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Private Claim 236 Lot of Jean (John) Baptiste Jerome
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the River Raisin National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on December 4, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 112 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 3, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.