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River Raisin Battlefield

HAUNTED PLACE: River Raisin Battlefield


River Raisin Battlefield Visitor Center Museum
1403 East Elm Avenue
Monroe, Michigan.


River Raisin Battlefield is located in what is now called the city of Monroe on land near the lovely River Raisin, behind the River Raisin Battlefield Visitor Center Museum. The Monroe area is nationally known as the site of the Battles and Massacre of the River Raisin, among the largest engagements of the War of 1812.



The War of 1812 was often called the second War of American Independence, which lasted 3 years. The British tried to retake the colonies, and even burned down the White House at one point, much to their shame and embarrassment today! Americans fought for their right to remain a free country with the right of not having the British shanghai Americans off merchant ships for their own military. The American goal of freeing Canada didn't happen, and the fears of the fur trading companies came true. As a result of the war, the flow of settlers to the Michigan area continued, the education of the Indians continued and the fur trading industry as they knew it irrevocably changed.

River Raisin (or Frenchtown) was a settlement established by early pioneers on the north bank of the River Raisin. After the war, Monroe was eventually built on the ruins of this settlement.

One of the biggest battles, which caused the biggest loss of American lives, happened near River Raisin settlement (Frenchtown), on ground near and around the River Raisin on January 22nd, 1813. The British Forces were lead by Col. Henry Procter, with around 500 British soldiers. Fighting with the British troops were Indians who preferred having the British in charge rather than Americans. Wyandot Chief Roundhead with 500 first nation warriors joined the British on this surprise attack at dawn on the 850 American troops, lead by Brigadier General James Winchester.

During the initial attack, 300 American troops were killed, more were wounded and Brigadier General James Winchester was captured. He quickly surrendered his entire army. Col. Henry Procter, fearing a strong counter attack from American reinforcements, retreated north to Brownstone with his own wounded and his American prisoners, leaving the American wounded left behind in the homes of the settlers, guarded/protected by British guards, as agreed to as a condition for the town militia, who had beaten back the British and Indians earlier, to surrender as well. However, the British guards left in the morning, which allowed the Indians to come into town. UH OH ... BAD IDEA.

The Indians had other ideas of what to do with all these wounded, and the people living here. Not being trained with British military discipline, they proceeded to do what they traditionally did with prisoners, and captured places. "They plundered homes and the wounded for valuables, and then killed and scalped Americans who could not walk. Bodies were tossed into burning houses that the Indians had set aflame. Those able to walk were claimed by the Indians and taken to Detroit where they were ransomed. Over 60 unarmed American wounded were killed. This was later known as the 'Massacre of the River Raisin'."

The people who could, fled to Detroit, abandoning the settlement, River Raisin. For 8 months, the Indians used this abandoned place as a base of operations and supply depot. Even after the town of River Raisin was finally liberated on September 27, 1813, the town was in such a bad state that it took 5 years after the battles to even begin to recover.

This bloody massacre produced so much anger that it became a rallying cry - Remember the River Raisin!

They are remembered: American Dead

Even today, the men who died here are remembered and honored on the Saturday closest to Jan. 22nd of each year at the River Raisin Battlefield Visitor Center. The noon memorial includes Raising of the Flag, Reading the Names of the Fallen, Laying the Wreath and Firing a Salute. A speaker is scheduled for the afternoon.

River Raisin Battlefield Visitor Center Museum can be found in front of the battle area where one can find out what happened during and after this battle. Their summer hours are 10 AM to 5 PM, 7 days a week. Their winter hours are 10 AM to 5 PM, Sat. and Sun only.



Battlefields always have entities haunting the area, because of the nature of war; people are killed who are not ready to die yet. More American casualties occurred here than in any other single battle in 1812, because of the total victory of the British and the unauthorized killing of the wounded by the Indians. Besides the usual casualty entities, wounded men painfully killed by the Indians are added to the mix, with the total effect of creating a dream come true for paranormal investigators.

1) Apparitions of American soldiers/militia, dressed in 1813 military attire are seen visually at night by people.

2) Pictures taken by ghost hunters and paranormal researchers sometimes have as many as 20 orbs in them. Soldiers are still on patrol, reliving their deaths, and the horror of it all.

3) Voices of entities have been recorded via EVPS.

4) I bet there are entities haunting the town of Monroe as well; the place where so many were slaughtered.


Research and observations from the living say that it is definitely the place of many hauntings.


GHOST HUNTERS OF SOUTHERN MICHIGAN have done an investigation and are really happy with their successes.

RIVER RAISIN BATTLEFIELD EVPS: One voice says the word, HOME. Another voice says MAMA and a few other words not understandable. A third voice says, BREATHE, perhaps talking to another wounded.







Sources include: Photos from Web-Site