Recognizing the 200Th Anniversary of the Battles at the River Raisin and the Significance of These Battles During the War of 1812by Representative Tim Walberg
Posted on 2013-01-18
in the house of representatives
Friday, January 18, 2013
Mr. WALBERG. Mr. Speaker, rise today to commemorate the 200th
anniversary of the Battles at the River Raisin and pay tribute to the
members of the United States Armed Forces who died during this
conflict. For six days in January of 1813, U.S. soldiers fought against
British forces for control of Michigan and the lower Great Lakes in a
town formerly called Frenchtown, now known as Monroe.
The battle was the largest ever fought on Michigan soil. Out of more than 900 members of the United States Armed forces who fought in it, only 33 escaped death or capture. So many lives were lost that ``Remember the Raisin'' became the galvanizing battle cry for the remainder of the War.
The battlefield is a Michigan State Historic Site and has been placed on the National Register of historic places. In October 2010, the River Raisin Battlefield became part of the National Park System and remains the only National Battlefield Park representing the War of 1812.
Today I am introducing a resolution to commemorate the bicentennial of the Battles of River Raisin and to thank those who work so hard to preserve the significance of the battles for future generations. The collaborative efforts of the Monroe County Historical Society and Commission, the City of Monroe, the staff of the National Park Service and the Battlefield Visitor Center will assuredly result in a memorable remembrance of the anniversary this coming weekend.
I ask my colleagues to join me in commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battles of River Raisin and recognize those who gave their lives fighting for our country.