The 2nd Battle of the River Raisin
1 Winchester hears of the victory early in the morning of the 19th. He orders Col. Samuel Wells to lead 312 men to the River Raisin.
2 Winchester, traveling by sleigh, arrives at Frenchtown at 2:00 AM on the 20th. He selects the house of Francois Navarre for his headquarters.
3 Welis arrives at 2:00 PM on the 20th. He protests his exposed position, but no decision is made to build defenses until the evening of the 21st. Wells then leaves to get more reinforcements from Harrison.
4 General Proctor quickly assembles an army of 525 seldiers. On the 20th, they leave Fort Malden and march to Prownstown with three small sled-mounted cannon and three howitzers.
5 Reinforced by 800 Indians, Proctor's army marches to a spot 7 miles from the River Raisin. They begin their final approach in the early hours of the 22nd.
1 Arriving in the dark and undetected, the British take up positions in the center, flanked by the Canadian militiamen and by their Indian allies.
2 Before dawn, the Americans are roused by the drumming of reveille, followed by
1 The American right wing, in their exposed position, come under heavy fire and are ordered to retreat to the riverbank.
2 To relieve the faltering right, nearly 200 men are sent as reinforcements. They retreat with the regulars to the north bank, but a brief stand there is quickly overrun. Gen. Winchester is caught up in the groups of soldiers and civilians fleeing to the south.
3 The 700 men under Col. Lewis, protected by a
puncheon fence, drive back the first frontal assault by
the British regulars.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812.
Location. 41° 54.664′ N, 83° 22.612′ 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. A different marker also named The 2nd Battle of the River Raisin (here, next to this marker); The 1st 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
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