Amherstburg in Essex County, Ontario — Central Canada (North America)
The "Tecumseh Stone"
Father, listen...You always told us to remain here and take care of our lands. It made our hearts glad to hear that was your wish; our great father the king is the head, you represent him. You always told us you would never draw your foot off the British ground; but now, father, we see you drawing back, and we are sorry to see our father doing so without seeing the enemy. We must compare our father's conduct to a fat animal, that carries its tail upon its back; but when affrighted, it drops it between its legs and runs off.
Father. You have got the arms and ammunition which our great father sent for his red children. If you have any idea of going away, give them to us and you may go and welcome. For us, our lives are in the hands of the Great Spirit; we are determined to defend our lands; and if it is his will we wish to leave our bones
Nonetheless, when the British under Major-General Henry Procter abandoned Fort Malden in late September of 1813. Tecumseh and his followers reluctantly accompanied them. Overtaken by the Americans, the British and Indians from Malden were defeated in the Battle of the Thames on October 5, 1813. Tecumseh was killed in the engagement.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • War of 1812. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1813.
Location. 42° 6.477′ N, 83° 6.781′ W. Marker is in Amherstburg, Ontario, in Essex County. Marker is on Laird Avenue South south of Elm Avenue, on the right when traveling south. This historical marker is located at the Fort Malden National Historic Site, in front of the National Historic Site's visitor center, and behind the famous "Tecumseh Stone.". Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Amherstburg ON N9V 1X5, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Malden Points of Interest (a few steps from this marker); Major John Richardson (a few steps from this marker); Pensioner's Cottage (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Amherstburg (Fort Malden) (within shouting distance of this marker); Shoreline Breakwall (within shouting distance of this marker); Detroit River HeritageIndian Council House (within shouting distance of this marker); Privy (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amherstburg.
Regarding The "Tecumseh Stone". During a recent visit to Fort Malden I discovered that both the "Tecumseh Stone" and the historical marker that went with it were no longer situated in front of the park's visitor center. Upon inquiring with the park's staff I was told that the Tecumseh Stone had been moved and is currently on display inside of the Fort Malden Museum (which is located on the grounds of the this military park).
Unfortunately for me, the museum was closed for renovations, probably for the impending bicentennial celebration for the role the War of 1812 role that Fort Malden played when General Harrison invade Upper Canada. So I was unable to see the "Tecumseh Stone" at its "new" location.
From talking with the park's seasonal staff, it would seem that the "Tecumseh Stone" was relocated shortly after the conclusion of the 2010 tourist season and prior to the 2011 tourist season.
Also see . . . Tecumseh. Wikipedia biography (Submitted on July 27, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,337 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 14, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 6, 7. submitted on June 17, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 8. submitted on July 27, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.