River Raisin Battlefield

The battle at the River Raisin happened in 1813, during the War of 1812, as part of the American attempt to invade Canada. About 1000 American militia and troops faced off against 600 British troops and 600 native American allies (part of Tecumseh’s Confederacy). The Americans were pushed off the battlefield, and the next day, Native Americans massacred nearly all of the wounded. Of the 1000 Americans in the fight, only 33 escaped. It was the worst American defeat in the War of 1812.

Some photos from a visit.

The Visitors Center

Display of period weapons

Since the fighting took place in two feet of snow, the British cannons had been mounted on sleds so they could be moved

This fence marks the location of Frenchtown, occupied by the Americans. The British and Natives were in a wooded area across the field.

The US 17th infantry were camped here, next to the town.

The British and Natives charged across this field into Frenchtown

The 17th Infantry was driven out of its camp and formed a temporary defensive line here.

The Americans were driven out of Frenchtown and across the nearby River Raisin, then frozen over

The temporary hospital somewhere around here housed the wounded Americans who had been left behind. The day after the battle, Native warriors entered and slaughtered all the wounded.




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