Battle of Monguagon / Michigan Wyandot and Monguagon

Registered Site S0199

Battle of Monguagon

On August 9, 1812, Lieut. James Miller and a force of about 600 American regulars and militia, moved down the Hull's Trace in an attempt to bring desperately needed supplies from Frenchtown (Monroe) to Detroit. A similar efffort had failed at Brownstown on August 5. Near the Wyandot village of Monguagon, American scouts ran into a British and Indian force of about 400 men led by Capt. Adam Muir and Tecumseh. In the heavy fighting that followed, the Americans drove the British back through present-day Trenton and across the Detroit River, while Native forces withdrew into nearby woods. Despite this tactical victory, Miller returned empty-handed to Detroit, which American General William Hull surrendered to the British a week later.
photo of Battle of Monguagon

Michigan Wyandot and Monguagon

The Michigan Wyandot who fought at Monguagon were nuetral at the beginning of the War of 1812. In the years leading up to the war, their villages at Monguagon and Brownstown had not joined the loose coalition led by the Shawnee brothers Tenskwatawa (The Prophet) and Tecumseh in its fight against American expansion onto Indian lands. However, in early August 1812. Tecumseh and Roundhead, his leading Wyandot supporter, convinced the Wyandot and their head chief, Walk-in-the-Water, to join them and the British. The Anglo-Native alliance was repulsed, but the Wyandot villages continued to block Hull's Trace, the American's supply route from Ohio to Fort Detroit.

Marker replaced on August 9, 2012, following a fund raising effort led by the Monguagon Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The text was revised and expanded.
Erected 1962

Location: 3524 West Jefferson
Trenton, Wayne County

Native Americans
War of 1812

Latitude: 42.1360903, Longitude: -83.1828519

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