Talk Will Remember the Raisin and the War of 1812
Posted on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 [11:29 AM]
An artist's rendering of the Battle of Frenchtown, also known
as the Battle of the
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Between Jan. 18-23, 1813, the north bank
of the River Raisin in southeastern Michigan became a battleground
where the forces of the United States and Great Britain fought each
other for the control of Michigan and the Lower Great Lakes.
Known as the Battle of Frenchtown and the Battle of the
River Raisin, at stake was the destiny not only of the two
countries, but also the future of Frenchtown (known today as
Monroe, Mich.) and Canada. Also at stake was confederacy
Native-American Shawnee tribes led by the iconic Tecumseh.
At 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in W.W. Slider
Humanities Center Recital Hall, Kentucky author Eddie Price will
discuss "Remember the Raisin! Kentucky's Contribution to the War of
1812." The talk is free and open to the public.
The British and Indian victory at the River Raisin
destroyed an entire U.S. army and upset their campaign to recapture
Detroit, which had fallen to the enemy early in the war.
It also raised Native-American hopes that their alliance
with the British would result in the preservation of their lands,
while it brought grief to hundreds of families in Kentucky who had
lost their sons during the battle and its aftermath. Kentucky sent
1,050 men to the battle and fewer than half returned.
Although not a decisive turning point of the War of 1812,
the Battle of the River Raisin had a significant effect on the
campaign for the Great Lakes. It would take another nine months for
U.S. forces to regain their momentum. In the meantime, Frenchtown
was laid waste, and the Ohio frontier was exposed to invasion and
raids by the British and Indians.
Out of the battle of the River Raisin, came one of the
great American rallying cries of the War of 1812, "Remember the
A lifelong Kentuckian, Price is the author of
Widder's Landing. A graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College,
and Western Kentucky University, Price taught history for 36 years,
including 21 years as a part-time instructor at Owensboro Community
& Technical College, where he received Ashland Oil's Golden
Apple Teaching Award.
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