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Fighting Island 1838

Fighting Island 1838

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted September, 2004

Fighting Island 1838

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted February, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Essex
The Town of La Salle
In a park at the foot of Laurier Street near the water's edge

Coordinates: N 42 14.243 W 83 06.347


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Plaque Text

On the night of February 23-24, 1838, a small force of "Patriots" was ferried from Detroit to Fighting Island, opposite here, whence an attack against Sandwich was planned. They were joined the following day by "General" Donald McLeod, a British army veteran and former resident of Prescott who brought several hundred supporters from Cleveland. Advised by the American general, Hugh Brady, of the proposed attack, British regulars and Canadian militia in the area moved against the insurgents on February 25th. After a sharp skirmish, the poorly armed "Patriots" retreated to the Michigan shore where there were dispersed by American troops.


Rebellion of 1837

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