Battle of the River Raisin (War of 1812)
Saturdays: July 31, August 21, September 25
Sandwiched between the Revolutionary War and Civil War, the War of 1812 usually doesn’t garner much attention in the scheme of our nation’s history, yet this event is considered by many to be America’s second war for independence.
The War of 1812 is filled with intrigue, drama and debate. Imagine the nation’s capital city set afire and the White House looted. As everyone flees, the First Lady remains behind, attempting to save national treasures.
What prompted this war between a young nation and its former protectorate? Years of unresolved disputes? Trade issues or a land-grabbing mentality? Did Britain feel threatened by American maritime supremacy? Did a pompous attitude falsely lead Americans to believe we could easily seize and claim Canada?
One of the bloodiest battles of the War of 1812 took place along the banks of Monroe, Michigan’s Raisin River. Remember the River Raisin! Join former Monroe County Historical Museum Assistant Director David Ingall as he recounts the history and intrigue behind the War of 1812 and our region’s major role in America’s second fight for independence.
$15 (Includes any admission fees) Advance Registration Required!
Meet 9:45 AM at River Raisin Battlefield Visitor’s Center, 1403 East Elm Street, Monroe.
Lot’s of walking! Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Tour held rain or shine.