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Battle of Frenchtown

This articles describes the Battle of Frenchtown in the War of 1812.
Battle of Frenchtown
Battle of Frenchtown

Disobeyed Orders Leads to Massacre

The Battle of Frenchtown, also known as the Raisin River Massacre, was a devastating defeat for American forces.

American general James Winchester ignored orders from William Henry Harrsion to keep his soldiers near Harrison's brigade for support. Instead, Winchester marched his soldiers well ahead to Frenchtown, where he promptly invaded the town. Four days later, the main force of British and Indian troops arrived at Frenchtown and surprise attacked the Americans. The disorganized Americans were massacred. Only 33 out of the original 400 American combatants escaped with their lives and hundreds were taken prisoner. Many prisoners were subsequently executed by the Indians. The mass execution of Americans became known as the Raisin River Massacre. More American fatalities were recorded here than at any other battle in the War of 1812.

War of 1812 Battles

November 7th, 1811 - Battle of Tippecanoe
July 17, 1812 - Battle of Fort Mackinac
August 15, 1812 - Massacre at Fort Dearborn
October 13, 1812 - Battle of Queenston's Heights
January 22, 1813 - Battle of Frenchtown
March 30, 1813 - Battle of Lacolle Mills
April 27, 1813 - Battle of York
May 1-9, 1813 - Siege at Fort Meigs
August 15-16, 1813 - Surrender of Fort Detroit
September 10, 1813 - Battle of Lake Erie
October 5, 1813 - Battle of Thames
1813-1814 - Creek War
July 5- 1814 - Battle of Chippawa
July 25, 1814 - Battle of Lundy's Lane
August 24, 1814 - Battle of Bladensburg
August 25, 1814 - The Razing of Washington
September 6-11, 1814 - Battle of Plattsburgh
September 12-14, 1814 - Siege of Baltimore
November 11, 1814 - Battle of Crysler's Farm
January 8, 1815 - Battle of New Orleans

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