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Monroe in Monroe County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Death of Capt. Woolfolk

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 16, 2009
1. Death of Capt. Woolfolk Marker
Inscription.  The American Capt. John Woolfolk hid in one of the French homes just east of here during the massacre at the River Raisin, Jan. 23, 1813. Indians searching the settlement found him. They claimed him as their prisoner and forced him to this spot. Powerless, the local French watched as Woolfolk's offer of $1,000.00 for safe passage to the British in Detroit was spurned by the Indians. They shot him and left his body lying in the road.

Although the French settlers could not help Woolfolk, they did manage to ransom several other American prisoners with money, horses or other valuables.
 
Erected by Monroe County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. A significant historical date for this entry is January 23, 1839.
 
Location. 41° 54.975′ N, 83° 23.379′ W. Marker is in Monroe, Michigan, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of East Elm Avenue (State Highway 50) and Riverview Avenue, on the right when traveling west on East Elm Avenue. This historical marker, along with a number of other historical markers that are
Death of Capt. Woolfolk Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 16, 2009
2. Death of Capt. Woolfolk Marker
View of the historical marker in the left foreground and East Elm Avenue on the right. Traveling east on this street takes one to the site of the majority of the fighting and the River Raisin Massacre. The River Raisin flows eastward behind the houses on the other side of Elm Avenue.
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related to the River Raisin Massacre, is located along East Elm Avenue, which runs along the north side of the River Raisin. This marker, like all of the rest, is on the north side of East Elm Avenue, in a residential neighborhood, between Interstate 75 and the downtown area (much closer to the downtown area). 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. American Legion World War I Monument (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monroe County Civil War Fallen Soldiers Memorial (about 700 feet away); Monroe County and the Civil War / Grand Army of the Republic (about 700 feet away); Soldiers and Sailors Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Civic Improvement Society of Monroe (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Storied Homestead (approx. 0.2 miles away); Anderson Trading Post (approx. 0.2 miles away); Col. Francis Navarre (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monroe.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Frenchtown. This web link was both published and made available by, "Absolute Astronomy.com," in it's quest to enable "exploring the universe of knowledge." (Submitted on July 17, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Remember the River Raisin. This web link is published by "Michigan History Magazine." (Submitted on July 17, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Battle of Frenchtown. This web link is
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published and made available by "Friends of the River Raisin Battlefield." (Submitted on July 17, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,414 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 17, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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