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Near Thamesville in Chatham-Kent County, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Prelude to Battle

Tuesday, October 5, 1813

 

—Tecumseh Parkway —

 
Prelude to Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
1. Prelude to Battle Marker
View, looking south, of the English text side of the historical marker.
Inscription. By the early morning of October 5, 1813, the American Army had forded the Thames River and was advancing quickly. The British rearguard was able to destroy Cornwall's mill, west of Sherman's farm (present-day Thamesville, Ontario) but not the mill dam over which the road ran, which aided the American pursuit.

In Procter's absence, Colonel Warburton decided to move the British troops as far as Fairfield. At 1:00 p.m., however, Procter, who had met them en route, ordered battle lines to be formed near this site, two kilometres west of Fairfield. This site had the river, the road, and a small swamp to the south and a large swamp called Backmetack Marsh to the north. The higher ground in between was lightly wooded. The large marsh was described as "… moss-hung trees and twisted trunks, and trees fallen and rotten, overgrown with a vegetation tangled and thick …" This area was taken up by Tecumseh's warriors (about 500) who were able to conceal themselves in the growth.

The British (about 450) were drawn up in a loosely spaced front line with soldiers about one metre apart with a second line 80 to 100 metres back. The soldiers had less than 60 rounds of ammunition each. One six-pound cannon was brought from Fairfield and placed on the road facing west. As the troops waited, Tecumseh visited the officers and soldiers,
Prelude to Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
2. Prelude to Battle Marker
View, looking north, of the French text side of the historical marker.
offering encouragement.
 
Erected by Tecumseh Parkway.
 
Location. 42° 33.904′ N, 81° 55.839′ W. Marker is near Thamesville, Ontario, in Chatham-Kent County. Marker can be reached from Longwoods Road (Provincial Highway 2) 4.2 kilometers east of Victoria Road (Provincial Highway 21), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The historical marker is located in a Historical Park, that commemorates the Battle of the Thames, along the east side of a park roadway with a long series of Tecumseh Parkway markers. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14376 Longwoods Road, Thamesville, Ontario N0P, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Why Choose This Site? (a few steps from this marker); Participants in the Battle of the Thames (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Participants in the Battle of the Thames (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Participants in the Battle of the Thames (within shouting distance of this marker); Tecumseh (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Moraviantown, 1813
Prelude to Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
3. Prelude to Battle Marker
A close-up view of a Shako plate of the 41st Foot, that is displayed on the historical marker.
(within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Participants in the Battle of the Thames (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Participants in the Battle of the Thames (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thamesville.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansWar of 1812
 
Prelude to Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
4. Prelude to Battle Marker
A close-up view of a map of the Battle of the Thames, that is displayed on the historical marker.
Prelude to Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
5. Prelude to Battle Marker
A close-up view of the English text side of the historical marker.
Prelude to Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
6. Prelude to Battle Marker
View of the short park roadway that is lined with a series of Tecumseh Parkway historical markers, including this featured historical marker.
Prelude to Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
7. Prelude to Battle Marker
View of the featured historical marker located at the beginning of a series of Tecumseh Parkway historical markers.
Tecumseh Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
8. Tecumseh Memorial
View of the nearby Tecumseh Memorial.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 441 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 20, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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