• Painting of Frenchtown settlement

    River Raisin

    National Battlefield Park Michigan

Remember the Raisin!

River Raisin is the site of the devastating January 1813 Battles of Frenchtown that occurred during the War of 1812. The battles typified the conflicting interest central to the war but, in the end, the killing and ransom of unprotected American prisoners galvanized America. The resulting polemical rally cry “Remember the Raisin” spurred America’s successful re-taking of the Northwest Territories.

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Did You Know?

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The River Raisin flows for almost 139 miles (224 km), draining an area of 1,072 square miles (2,780 km2) in the Michigan counties of Lenawee, Monroe, Washtenaw, Jackson, Hillsdale, and also a portion of Fulton County, Ohio. It was named La Rivière aux Raisins by Frenchsettlers because of the wild grapes growing along its banks--since the French word for grape is raisin. More...