British Army River Crossing to Dolsen's Landing

British Army River Crossing to Dolsen's Landing (HM1HII)

Location: Chatham-Kent, Ontario N7M 5J5 Chatham-Kent Division
Country: Canada

N 42° 23.307', W 82° 13.738'

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Friday, October 1, 1813

— Tecumseh Parkway —

Upon sighting American war ships at the mouth of the Thames River on October 1, 1813, the British Army boarded scows and bateaux near this site. One by one, the boats and their cargo were pulled across the river to their next encampment site at Dolsen's Landing, a small but important commercial site in Dover Township established by Matthew and Hannah Dolsen. The settlement consisted of the Dolsen's log home, a store, a blacksmith shop, a distillery, and other outbuildings. Dolsen's Landing had an ideal location with a gentle sloping bank allowing for easy river access. An advance party had already established bake ovens on the site in preparation for the encampment.

Procter's army was now divided with Tecumseh and the First nations warriors remaining on the south shore of the river. Attempts to fortify Dolsen's as a defensive position were foiled when it was discovered that the necessary tools were buried at the bottom of a cargo ship that was upriver. The British encamped at Dolsen's Landing from October 1 to October 3, 1813.

French
Traversée de la rivière vers Dolsen’s Landing par l’armée britannique


Après avoir repère les navires de guerre américains, à l’embouchure de la rivière Thames le 1er octobre 1813, l’armée britannique embarque sur des accons et des bateaux situés et près de ce site. Un par un, les bateaux et leur chargement traversèrent de l’autre côte de la rivière jusqu’au campement à Dolsen’s Landing, un petit site commercial, mais très important du canton de Dover. établit par Matthew et Hannah Dolsen. Cette colonie était composée de la maison en rondins des Dolsen, un magasin, un forge, une distillerie, et autres dépendances. Dolsen’s Landing offrait un lieu idéal muni d’une rive en pent douce permettant un accès facile à la rivière. Un détachement avait déjà établi de fours sur le sit pour préparer le campement.

L’armée de Procter était maintenant divisée avec Tecumseh et les guerriers de Première Nations demeurés sur la rive sud de la rivière. Les tentatives de fortifier Dolsen’s Landing, pour en faire une position défensive, échouèrent lorsqu’on s’aperçut que les outils nécessaires étaient enfouis dans les cales d’un bateau de marchandise qui se trouvait en amont. Les Britanniques établirent leur campement à Dolsen’s Landing du 1er au 3 octobre 1813.
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HM NumberHM1HII
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Placed ByTecumseh Parkway
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Date Added Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at 10:15pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 398840 N 4693638
Decimal Degrees42.38845000, -82.22896667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 23.307', W 82° 13.738'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 23' 18.42" N, 82° 13' 44.28" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7505-7769 Chatham-Kent County Road 36, Chatham-Kent Ontario N7M 5J5, CA
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