Frenchtown - River Raisin
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Frenchtown - River Raisin

During the winter of 1813 as part of the War of 1812, the Battle of Frenchtown occurred near the river between British and Native American troops under the command of British General Henry Proctor and Native American chiefs Roundhead, Walks in Water, and Split Log, and a division of Kentucky infantry and militia under command of General James Winchester. Cut off and surrounded and facing total slaughter, Winchester surrendered with British assurances of safety of the prisoners, but the next day many were killed by the Native Americans without British intervention.

The needless slaughter of the American wounded became known as the River Raisin Massacre, which became a rallying cry "Remember the Raisin!" particularly for Kentuckians, and American troops returned in the spring to drive the British from Michigan forever.

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