In April 1812, as the United States prepared for a possible war with Great Britain, Michigan Territorial Governor William Hull, became the commander of the Army of the Northwest. His first task was to lead his army from Dayton, Ohio, to Detroit, building Hull's Trace, a two hundred mile long road, as it marched. The army left Dayton on June 1. As it cut the trace through the wilderness from Urbana north, it laid logs crosswise across swampy areas to create a rough but stable corduroy roadbed that could support supply wagons. In late June, a detachment from Frenchtown commanded by Hubert Lacroix also worked on the road, attempting to follow a route laid out under an 1808 territorial Legislative Council act. On June 1812, war was declared; Hull's army arrived at Detroit on July 5th
Hull's Trace, which linked Detroit and Ohio, was to be the Michigan Territory's inland lifeline during the war of 1812. However, the Detroit River and Lake Erie gave the British easy access to the Michigan portion of the road. American efforts to use the road to bring supplies and men from Frenchtown, present-day Monroe, were foiled twice before Hull surrendered Detroit on August 16, 1812. After the war the Hull's Trace route was used for ever-improving roads, beginning in 1817 with a new military road. In 2000 low water
Erected 2012 by Michigan Historical Commission-Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number 8725.)
Location. 42° 2.597′ N, 83° 12.78′ W. Marker is in Rockwood, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on West Jefferson Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The remnants of the road are across the road and slightly north of the marker. The logs are more or less visible depending on water levels. Marker is at or near this postal address: 36000 West Jefferson Avenue, Rockwood MI 48173, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. War of 1812 Memorial (approx. 2.9 miles away); Battle of Brownstown (approx. 2.9 miles away); Simon Girty U.E. (approx. 5.3 miles away in Canada); Colonel Matthew Elliott (approx. 9.5 kilometers away in Canada); Capture of the Anne, 1838 (approx. Bellevue 1816 (approx. 10 kilometers away in Canada); The Commissariat Office (approx. 10.6 kilometers away in Canada); Amherstburg Navy Yard (approx. 10.6 kilometers away in Canada).
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