War of 1812
Over 200 years ago one of the most important events in American and British history happened along the banks of the Thames River right here in present-day Chatham-Kent.
There truly is something for everyone. Events, theatre, a monument, museum and national historic site commemorate Chatham-Kent’s significant involvement in the War of 1812.
On Oct. 5, 1813, American forces led by Brigadier General William Henry Harrison defeated the combined British and Native forces and killed Shawnee Chief Tecumseh in the historic Battle of the Thames.
The death of Tecumseh was a significant event in American history as forces eliminated their greatest threat to U.S. security.
Tecumseh’s death represented the loss of a dream for First Nations people and contributed to the highly regarded military leader becoming U.S. president. Although a monument is present across from the battlefield near Thamesville the location of his burial remains one of the great mysteries of the last two centuries.
Nearby Fairfield Museum and Historic Site occupies the land that was the first settlement of southwestern Ontario. Days after the 1813 battle, American forces invaded and burned the nearby Moravian village of Fairfield. Archaeological digs of the early 1940s form part of the artifacts of the Fairfield Museum collection as well as Moravian culture and the War of 1812. The museum site is designed so that visitors can walk where the actual village stood.