Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Worst American military defeat of the War of 1812.
This was a new one on me. Thanks to the tip from Lee.
1. Battle of Frenchtown.
Decisive engagement, an American military force of about 1,000 Kentucky mounted riflemen their casualties almost 100 %.
"The Battles of Frenchtown, also known as the Battle of the River Raisin and the River Raisin Massacre, was a series of conflicts in Michigan Territory that took place from January 18–23, 1813, during the War of 1812. It was fought between the United States and a British and Native American alliance near the River Raisin in Frenchtown"
* 410 killed, 94+ wounded, 547 captured.
FRENCHTOWN ONLY POSSIBLY SURPASSED AS AN AMERICAN DEFEAT IN TOTALITY BY "BATTLE OF A THOUSAND SLAIN" FROM THE NORTHWEST INDIAN WAR. ALSO KNOWN AS ST. CLAIR'S DEFEAT.
2. St. Clair's defeat.
"St. Clair's defeat, also known as the Battle of the Wabash, the Battle of Wabash River or the Battle of a Thousand Slain, was a battle fought on November 4, 1791, in the Northwest Territory of the United States of America. The U.S. Army faced the Western Confederacy of Native Americans, as part of the Northwest Indian War. It was 'the most decisive defeat in the history of the American military,' and the largest victory ever won by Native Americans"
Again and prior to Frenchtown another American military force of approximately 1,000 troops annihilated almost to the last man. Washer-women as accompanying the troops also counted.
* 632 soldiers killed or captured, 264 soldiers wounded, 24 workers killed, 13 workers wounded, total: 933.
FOR THOSE CAPTURED THE EXECUTION FIRES BURNED FOR TWO DAYS!!
Two-star general St. Clair his force almost totally destroyed.
Hey, nobody said any of this was going to be easy, did they?