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

Fort Lernoult

Registered Michigan Historic Site

 
 
Fort Lernoult Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 13, 2009
1. Fort Lernoult Marker
Inscription. This marks the site of the southwest bastion of Fort Lernoult. It was here, on July 11, 1796, that the American flag was first flown over Detroit. the fort was built by the British in 1778-79 to protect Detroit against possible attack by George Rogers Clark and the American army. Overlooking the stockaded village and named for its commander, Richard B. Lernoult, the fort controlled river traffic and land routes. The fort was not attacked during the American Revolution. However, it was then the foremost British military post in the West, a base for Indian raids against American frontier settlements, and a guardian of the rich fur trade. Although the peace treaty of 1783 gave Michigan to the United States, the British did not evacuate the fort until 1796. In 1812, Fort Lernoult was surrendered to the British, but was regained by the Americans in 1813 and re-named Fort Shelby. The last troops were removed in 1826. The fort was leveled in the next two or three years.
 
Erected by Michigan Historical Commission Registered Site. (Marker Number 71.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 19.793′ N, 83° 2.922′ W. Marker is in
Fort Lernoult Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 13, 2009
2. Fort Lernoult Marker
Close up view of the map on the historical marker showing the image and location of Fort Lernoult in present day downtown Detroit.
Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Shelby Street and West Fort Street (Michigan Highway 85), on the right when traveling south on Shelby Street. Touch for map. This historical marker is located on the south-west corner of the intersection of West Fort Street and Shelby Street in downtown Detroit. It is affixed to the outside corner wall of the commercial building that is situated there. Marker is in this post office area: Detroit MI 48226, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Comerica Incorporated (within shouting distance of this marker); State Savings Bank (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ford Building (about 500 feet away); James A. Bailey (about 600 feet away); Chicago Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Iron Brigade / The Twenty-Fourth Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stearns Telephone (approx. 0.2 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Lernoult. (Submitted on August 22, 2009.)
2. Wikipedia entry for Fort Shelby (Michigan). This link is from Wikipedia,
Fort Lernoult Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 13, 2009
3. Fort Lernoult Marker
View of historical marker looking south down Fort Street West.
the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on August 22, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. 1812-8-7-Bombardment-Of-Fort-Detroit-August-16-1812-Peter-Rindlisbacher. This is a link to a gallery of prints provided by Canadian Art Cards. (Submitted on July 1, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar of 1812War, US RevolutionaryWars, US Indian
 
Fort Lernoult Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 13, 2009
4. Fort Lernoult Marker
View of historical marker looking east down Shelby Street towards the Detroit River.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,434 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 17, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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