1782 : Antoine Dequindre Born, Hero of Monguagon

June 18, 2018 all-day

Antoine Dequindre (June 18, 1782–February 24, 1843) was a soldier, landowner and shopkeeper in Detroit, Michigan in the first half of the 19th century. He is best known for heroism at the Battle of Monguagon (August 9, 1812) during the  War of 1812, when he was serving as a captain in the Michigan Legion. Dequindre Road, which runs through Detroit as well as Oakland and Macomb counties, is named for him.

Dequindre was born in Detroit. He served as an apprentice and clerk, and in 1810 opened his own store in the city. When war broke out with England in 1812, Dequindre raised a company of riflemen, which joined the Michigan Legion. During the Battle of Monguagon, Dequindre’s company was the first to attack and enter the British breastworks, and his men later sank a British gunboat on the River Rouge with a cannon mounted on shore. For his conduct, he was tendered a commission as major in the U.S. Army. He declined the position but was thereafter known as Major Dequindre


Clarence Munroe Burton, “The City of Detroit, 1701-1922“, Volume 4.

“A Warship” (PDF) – via Great Lakes Maritime Institute.

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