January 22, 1813
The largest battle fought on Michigan soil occurred near present-day Monroe.
During the early hours of January 22, a larger British force of regulars, Canadian militia and Native Americans attacked a smaller American force stationed along the River Raisin near present-day Monroe. Surprised by the British force, the Americans, led by General James Winchester, resisted until Winchester was captured and surrendered his entire force. The battle left over 500 Americans prisoner. About 80 Americans, too badly injured to move, fell victim to Indian depredations the following day. Their deaths left the Americans with a battle cry, “Remember the River Raisin,” which was heard on battlefields later in the war. The American loss was just one of several along the western frontier during the early months of the War of 1812.
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