The 1st Battle of the River Raisin
When the Americans learned of the fall of Detroit, armies on the march in Ohio and Kentucky were reorganized and soon placed under the command of famed Gen. William Henry Harrison. Their goal: the recapture of Detroit.
The small American army was to be composed of three groups: On the right, men from Pennsylvania and Virginia. In the center, men from Ohio. The left wing of the gathering army consisted of tough Kentuckians who were the first to arrive at the assembly point a few miles above the mouth of the Maumee River.
These troops, about 1,100 "effective soldiers, under the command of Gen. James Winchester, arrived at the Rapids of the Maumee near present-day Toledo- on January 12, 1813. Here, Winchester learned that there were
Before dawn on January 18, 1813, Lt. Col. William Lewis's detachment of 667 Kentuckians marched northward on the frozen water of Lake Erie. They arrived at LaPlaisance, two miles south of the Raisin, at 3:00 PM, where they were joined by 100 local resident volunteers.
The Battle of the River Raisin was about to begin...
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812.
Location. 41° 54.664′ N, 83° 22.613′ W. Marker is in Monroe, Michigan, in Monroe County. Marker is on E. Elm Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. The 2nd Battle of the River Raisin (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The 2nd Battle of the River Raisin (here, next to this marker); Battle of the River Raisin Memorial Bench (within shouting distance of this marker); Battles of the River Raisin (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of the River Raisin Memorial Bench (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of the River Raisin Memorial Bench
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 25, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 25, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.