River Raisin National Battlefield Park

Overview

River Raisin National Battlefield Park in Monroe, Michigan, was officially announced as the 393rd park in the National Park System in October 2010. The War of 1812 battlefield was set aside by Congress with legislation signed by President Obama on March 30, 2009.

Fought along the north bank of the River Raisin in Monroe, Michigan, from January 18th to January 23rd, 1813, the battle pitted American and British troops against each other in a contest for control of all of Michigan and the Lower Great Lakes. At stake were America's independence and the futures of Frenchtown (known today as Monroe, Michigan), Canada, and Tecumseh's alliance of Native American tribes. The British and their Indian allies destroyed an entire American army at the River Raisin and in the process raised Native Americans' hopes that their alliance with the British would result in the preservation of their land. Frenchtown was laid waste, and the Ohio frontier was exposed to invasion and raids by the British and Indians. The Battle of the River Raisin was not a decisive turning point of the war, but it did have significant effects on the campaign for the Great Lakes. Following the defeat at River Raisin, American forces would struggle for nine months before they could regain their momentum.

The park visitor center is open from June through October on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. While the visitor center is closed November through May, the park grounds are open to visitors year-round. National Park Service personnel are already on site and will continue to work closely with the Monroe County Historical Society to make the battlefield more available to the public.

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Directions

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The River Raisin Battlefield Visitors Center is located .25 miles west of I-75 at exit 14 (Elm Avenue) in Monroe, Michigan.