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Talk Will Remember the Raisin and the War of 1812

Posted on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 [11:29 AM]

Battle of River Raisin
An artist's rendering of the Battle of Frenchtown, also known as the Battle of the
River Raisin.

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 Raisin!"


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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