War of 1812 Dead

War of 1812 Dead

Hardship struck soon after American troops regained Detroit on Sept. 29, 1813, during the War of 1812. Soldiers quarters were lacking, and food supplies became desperately short. Then a disease resembling cholera broke out among the soldiers. By Dec. 1, 1813, nearly 1,300 officers and men were sick. Medical supplies were almost gone. Conditions worsened. When coffins became unobtainable, many soldiers were buried in a common grave at this site. Some 700 may have died before the epidemic ran its course.
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Registered Site S0242
Erected 1964

Location: Washington Boulevard and Michigan Avenue
Detroit, Wayne County



Latitude: 42.3318426, Longitude: -83.0509114

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