Battle of Brownstown

Battle of Brownstown (HMIC1)

Location: Gibraltar, MI 48173 Wayne County
Country: United States of America
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N 42° 5.079', W 83° 12.443'

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In this vicinity on Aug. 5, 1812, six weeks after the outbreak of war, an Indian force, led by the famous Shawnee chief, Tecumseh, ambushed about 200 Americans under Major Thomas Van Horne who were on the way south to the River Raisin. There, supplies vitally needed by Hull's army in Detroit, were awaiting an escort through the Indian blockade of the River Road. Tecumseh opened fire as the Americans forded Brownstown Creek. Van Horne, overestimating the Indians' numbers, ordered his men to fall back. The retreat soon became a panic-stricken flight back to Fort Lernoult. Seventeen Americans were killed, 12 wounded, and two captured and murdered. One Indian was killed.
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HM NumberHMIC1
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
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Marker NumberS100
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 4:37pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 317427 N 4661532
Decimal Degrees42.08465000, -83.20738333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 5.079', W 83° 12.443'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 5' 4.74" N, 83° 12' 26.58" W
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Area Code(s)734
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 30789-30799 S Gibraltar Rd, Gibraltar MI 48173, US
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