Chatham in Chatham-Kent County, Ontario — Central Canada
Skirmish at the Forks
Monday, October 4, 1813
—Tecumseh Parkway —
Oct 4: …a woman … informed us that about six miles above the River forked, that there was a large bridge across the mouth of the Right hand fork and a mill and a bridge about about about a mile and a half up the fork where the Indians were encamped [sic] and she expected that they would make a stand and fight … about twelve o'clock the firing commenced on our left and our cannon opened at the Bridge at the mouth of creek … we got in sight of the Creek, which when we approached the firing became general along our lines which we immediately formed in order of battle and my company came up directly at the Bridge and Indian Camp which a few fires soon routed … several of my company narrowly escaped being killed or wounded, but half an hour put us in possession of the Bridge and whole Indian Camp … In this fight Captain Rice and Combs of our Regiment each had a man killed and Sergeant-Major Dickison was shot thro [sic] the thigh and had his horse killed under him. Captain Craig was wounded in the shoulder ...
Erected by Tecumseh Parkway.
Location. 42° 24.399′ N, 82° 11.067′ W. Marker Touch for map. The historical marker is located in Chatham, at the point of "The Forks" of the Thames River, in Tecumseh Park, situated along a park walkway. Marker is at or near this postal address: 89 William Street North, Chatham, Ontario N7M 4L5, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Skirmish at the Forks (here, next to this marker); Casualties of the Skirmish (here, next to this marker); British Encampment: Forks of the Thames (here, next to this marker); The Forks (here, next to this marker); Tecumseh (within shouting distance of this marker); Chatham Blockhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Chatham Armoury (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); John Brown's Convention 1858 (approx. 0.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chatham.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Native Americans • War of 1812 •
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