Fort Lernoult

Fort Lernoult (HMECR)

Location: Detroit, MI 48226 Wayne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 19.793', W 83° 2.922'

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Registered Michigan Historic Site

This marks the site of the southwest bastion of Fort Lernoult. It was here, on July 11, 1796, that the American flag was first flown over Detroit. the fort was built by the British in 1778-79 to protect Detroit against possible attack by George Rogers Clark and the American army. Overlooking the stockaded village and named for its commander, Richard B. Lernoult, the fort controlled river traffic and land routes. The fort was not attacked during the American Revolution. However, it was then the foremost British military post in the West, a base for Indian raids against American frontier settlements, and a guardian of the rich fur trade. Although the peace treaty of 1783 gave Michigan to the United States, the British did not evacuate the fort until 1796. In 1812, Fort Lernoult was surrendered to the British, but was regained by the Americans in 1813 and re-named Fort Shelby. The last troops were removed in 1826. The fort was leveled in the next two or three years.
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker Number71
Placed ByMichigan Historical Commission Registered Site
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 7:47pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 331207 N 4688436
Decimal Degrees42.32988333, -83.04870000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 19.793', W 83° 2.922'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 19' 47.58" N, 83° 2' 55.32" W
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Area Code(s)313, 586, 734, 248
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 625 Shelby St, Detroit MI 48226, US
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