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  • Writer's pictureMallie Fox

Colonel Custer Isn't The Only Thing They're Famous For

The photo above, may appear to be just another peaceful, winter scene to some. However, what you may not know is this place witnessed one of the bloodiest battles on Michigan soil during the War of 1812 and is known to be very haunted.

In January of 1813, a series of battles were fought in Frenchtown (a settlement along the Raisin River now known as Monroe) between the British and the Americans. On January, 22nd, the British surprised and attacked their sleeping enemies. After it was all said and done, it is estimated that over 400 American soldiers were killed. And, the wounded who were unable to make the journey to Fort Malden where they were to be imprisoned, were left behind only to be massacred by a group of Native Americans the following day.

Stories of buildings and homes being burned to the ground and unarmed, wounded soldiers being murdered and then scalped, shocked the nation.

Unfortunately, the bodies of the deceased were left, where they fell, exposed for many months until the threat of danger had passed and they could be buried elsewhere. Human remains were still being found on the battlefield up until about 19 years ago. No wonder why there are so many reports of ghostly activity.

Claims of disembodied voices have been made. Cries of suffering are heard as well as the sounds of a battle. And, not only have ghosts of soldiers been seen, but according to an article by Monroe News, a young girl, dressed in white, has been spotted by several people, walking through the woods. And reports of strange, paranormal activity have occurred in the visitor center.

The battlefield is now a national park and is located about 40 minutes outside of Detroit. So please go there, learn more about the history of this area (it is the birthplace of Colonel Custer) and maybe do a little paranormal investigating of your own.

XO Mallie

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