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 River Raisin Battlefield Visitor Center

(now the River Raisin National Battlefield Park)
1403 East Elm Avenue, Monroe



The battle fought here on Jan 22, 1813 was one of the largest engagements of the War of 1812.  Of 934 Americans who fought here, only 33 escaped death or capture.  The massacre of wounded soldiers the following day shocked and enraged Americans throughout the Old Northwest Territory. 

The display includes dioramas & full-size British & American soldiers, as well as a fiber-optic map presentation on the Battle of the River Raisin. Grounds open year-round, with informational historical markers on site for visitors.   

The Battlefield Visitor Center is now part of the National Park Service and no longer run by the local museum. The Visitor Center is open 7 days a week: weekdays Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and weekends Saturday- Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Superintendent is Scott Bentley. No admission charge. Phone 734 243 7136.

Annual Commemoration: Go to the NPS website for the Battlefield.

Quarterly War of 1812 Roundtable discussions (call for details). Meetings are free and open to the public.


Want to know more? Learn about the Battle:

River Raisin Battlefield Driving Tours (pdf) 

Battlefield Links

The River Raisin Battlefield Visitor Center is located in Historic Monroe, Michigan. It is on the eastern edge of the Battle of Frenchtown, sometimes referred to as the Battle of the River Raisin during the War of 1812. The 17th U.S. Infantry camped on the same ground where the Visitor Center now stands.

The Battles and Massacre of the River Raisin were among the largest military encounters in the War of 1812.  More American casualties occurred here than in any other single battle.

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