British Encampment: Forks of the Thames

British Encampment: Forks of the Thames (HM1CQJ)

Location: Chatham-Kent, ON N7M 4L5 Chatham-Kent Division
Country: Canada
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N 42° 24.4', W 82° 11.066'

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Sunday, October 3, 1813

— Tecumseh Parkway —

While British Army was encamped at Dolsen's, Procter travelled to Fairfield to investigate the site as a defensive position. At Tecumseh's urging, and learning that the Americans were closing rapidly, Colonel Warburton, Procter's second-in-command, ordered the army to break camp and move up-river. The British departure from Dolsen's caused a rift among the warriors because many of them wanted to engage the Americans at Dolsen's despite Tecumseh's desire to fight at the Forks. By militia officer William Caldwell's account, 600 warriors deserted with their families once the British began moving to the Forks, believing that they could no longer outpace the American advance.

On the evening of October 3, the British Army encamped at the Forks on the north side of the Thames River across from this site. On the morning of October 4, while Tecumseh was preparing to confront Harrison's army, the British continued their withdrawal towards Fairfield.
Placed ByTecumseh Parkway
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Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 5:10pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 402534 N 4695609
Decimal Degrees42.40666667, -82.18443333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 24.4', W 82° 11.066'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 24' 24.00" N, 82° 11' 3.96" W
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Area Code(s)919
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 64 Tecumseh Pkwy, Chatham-Kent ON N7M 4L5, CA
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