The Battle of Frenchtown


An artist rendering of a Frenchtown re-creation at the proposed River Raisin Heritage Corridor. (Photo: River Raisin National Battlefield Foundation)

Our State has a rich history of settlement and with it, conflict. A newly proposed heritage corridor in the Monroe area will depict what life was like in the area back in 1813 when the Frenchtown settlement covered the area. A recent grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund helps play a crucial role in creating this five-mile-long, $100 million River Raisin Heritage Corridor.

"We call it the untold story of the War of 1812. When people think about the war, they only think of the fires in Washington, D.C.," said Toni Cooper, executive director of the River Raisin National Battlefield Park Foundation.


The historic battle that took place here, known as The Battle of River Raisin, or more commonly called the Battle of Frenchtown was actually a series of conflicts in what was then the Michigan Territory. The Battle of French Town between the U.S. forces of the Kentucky Mounted Militia and the British and Native American Alliance resulted in the deadliest conflict on Michigan soil.

“The site was given its national battlefield park designation by Congress in 2009. It's one of only four with that title; the others, in Virginia and Georgia, are tied to the Civil War, as are many of the similar locations designated as "National Battlefield" or "National Military Park."

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