Tuesday, October 5, 1813, 4:00 p.m.
— Tecumseh Parkway —As Lieutenant Colonel James Johnson's horsemen were charging the British front line, his brother, Colonel Richard Johnson led an attack against the First Nations warriors in Backmetack Marsh. The mounted infantry charged the Native left flank led by 20 riders, called "The Forlorn Hope," who were intended to draw the warriors' fire and empty their guns. Tecumseh's allies fired a devastating volley at close range that cut down 15 of the riders. The casualties included Colonel Johnson who was wounded five times but was able to shoot a Native chief just as the warrior was about to strike him with a tomahawk. The horseman became so entangled in the growth of the marsh that they had to dismount and fight on foot.
|Placed By||Tecumseh Parkway|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 5:12am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17T E 423598 N 4712826|
|Decimal Degrees||42.56406667, -81.93078333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 33.844', W 81° 55.847'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 33' 50.64" N, 81° 55' 50.82" W|
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|Area Code(s)||510, 415|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 14249-14431 Regional Rd 2, Thamesville ON N0P 2K0, CA|
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