1813 : British Abandon Detroit

September 29, 2023 all-day

On September 29, 1813, British troops left Detroit, having occupied the city since August 16, 1812. American naval forces, under the command of Oliver Hazard Perry and fresh off a great victory at the Battle of Lake Erie, ferried an army commanded by future U.S. president William Henry Harrison to reoccupy Detroit and defeat a combined British and native American force led by Major General Henry Procter and Chief Tecumseh — which they did a week later at the Battle of the Thames in Ontario.

Sources :

Detroit Historical Society

“Michigan at War: The Struggle for the Old Northwest, 1812-1815“, a 31-minute documentary produced by the Michigan Commission on the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, has been posted for free access on MI Streamnet through a partnership with Wayne Regional Educational Services Agency.

War of 1812 in the Northwest, sponsored by WGTE Public Television, 57 minutes. Douglas Brinkley, David Skaggs and Randall Buchman are among the noted historians and authors featured in the program, along with Eric Hemenway, who works in the Cultural Preservation Department for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Northern Michigan. Support for War of 1812 in the Old Northwest is provided by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by Buckeye CableSystem.

David Jesse, “See the rare, hand-drawn 1790 map of Detroit discovered in Canadian home“, Detroit Free Press, September 27, 2016

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