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  • James Yaworsky
    River Raisin National Battlefield News Release For Release: June 19, 2012 Contact: Daniel D. Downing, Chief of Interpretation, Education &
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      River Raisin National Battlefield News Release
      For Release: June 19, 2012

      Contact: Daniel D. Downing, Chief of Interpretation, Education &
      Operations
      Phone: (734)243-7136

      BATTLES OF BROWNSTOWN PRESENTATION

      MONROE, Michigan.— Superintendent Scott J. Bentley announced today

      that River Raisin National Battlefield Park will be hosting a presentation

      by Gerry Wykes on "The Battles of Brownstown" on Saturday, July 28, 2012

      at 2 p.m. August 5th and 9th are the 200th Anniversaries of the Battles of

      Brownstown and Monguagon fought during the War of 1812.


      Mr. Wykes will address the personal stories behind the two

      closely related regional battles of Aug. 5, 1812 (Battle of Brownstown) and

      Aug. 9, 1812 (Battle of Monguagon) which took place on the military road

      connecting Frenchtown and Detroit. Both conflicts are often referred to as

      the Brownstown battles because their fields of conflict overlap, they

      involved the same combatants, and took place within days of each other.

      Focus will be on more of the unique characters involved - a conversation

      that involves "Whistler's Mother" and a remarkable soldier by the name of

      Thompsion Maxwell.


      Gerry is the Curator/Supervising Interpreter of the Lake Erie

      Marshlands Museum (part of the Huron-Clinton Metropark System). He has been

      with the parks for 32 years and has spent the last 18 years researching the

      Battles of Brownstown and the history of the Wyandotte village of

      Brownstown which lays just outside the park.


      Authorized in 2009 and established in October of 2010 as America's

      Newest National Battlefield Park, River Raisin National Battlefield Park

      remembers, commemorates, preserves and interprets the January 1813 battles

      of the War of 1812 and their aftermath. Although American forces were

      victorious in the first battle, the second ended in the most disastrous

      defeat for the U.S. during the war; a devastating loss that included mass

      killing of the wounded. One of the most historically significant event to

      emerge from the battles was the cry, "Remember the Raisin!" which persuaded

      forces to fight successfully at the Battle of the Thames later that year.

      The American victory at the Battle of the Thames sealed the War of 1812 in

      the western theater for the Americans; however, it claimed the life of the

      great Shawnee leader Chief Tecumseh. -NPS



      Scott J. Bentley
      Superintendent
      River Raisin National Battlefield Park
      1403 East Elm Avenue
      Monroe, Michigan 48162

      Phone: 734-243-7136

      "He is no fool who gives that which he cannot keep to gain that which he
      cannot lose." Jim Elliott, 1948
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