On the Fourth of July, 1872, veterans of the River Raisin battle gathered in Monroe as guest of the city. It long promised by city officials that a monument to the brave fallen Kentuckians would be erected. Harry Conant was president of the monument commission who worked with the Civic Improvement Society. On September 1, 1904 a monument was dedicated to these brave Kentuckians.

Thus, sixty-two years after the River Raisin battle Monroe, Michigan unveiled a monument erected to the Kentucky soldiers who were massacred in the War of 1812. Many distinguished Kentuckians were invited as guests of Monroe.

Mayor, Honorable V. Sisung delivered the welcoming remarks and Colonel Bennett Y. Young of Louisville, Kentucky delivered the address. Other speakers were: Thomas T. Crittenden, formerly of Kentucky and one-time Governor of Missouri – a grandson of John Allen, who was killed in the battle. Also present Governor Bliss of Michigan; U.S. Senator, J. C. Burrows and Secretary of State, H. V. McChesney.

The Roadside Marker

Here were buried unidentified remains of victims of the River Raisin massacre in 1813. In 1872 surviving veterans of that war gathered in Monroe from Ohio and Kentucky. They headed a colorful civic pageant which halted solemnly at this spot while the old soldiers paid military honor to their fallen comrades. General George Armstrong Custer, a member of the local welcoming committee read the roll call of the veterans.

In 1904-05 the ladies of the Monroe Civic Improvement Society induced city officials to establish the old burial ground as a park. The appropriation was made by the State of Michigan for the monument which stands as a permanent tribute to Kentucky and her militiamen.