RIVER RAISIN NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD PARK

June 9th, 2019

 

HISTORY

 

The battles of Frenchtown (now Monroe, Mi), are also known as the "Battle of the River Raisin" or the "River Raisin Massacre", were a series of conflicts in Michigan that took place from January 18–23 in 1813 during the "War of 1812”. The battle fought was between the British, assisted by the Native Americans against the U.S. The British had approximately 800 Native Americans assisting their 597 soldiers against approximately 1000 Kentucky soldiers representing the U.S.

 

On January 18, 1813, the Americans finally forced the retreat of the British and their Native American allies from Frenchtown, which they had earlier occupied, in a relatively minor skirmish. The movement was part of a larger United States plan to advance north and retake Fort Detroit. The death toll was approximately 50 for the British and an overwhelming 450 Kentuckians were slaughtered in the battle.

 

OUR INVESTIGATION

 

Our team arrived at the battlefield around 5:30 p.m. on June 9th, 2019 to investigate. The weather was overcast and a cool 70 degrees with a very slight breeze. We gathered our equipment and split up. A group of us went up the trail to the left of the parking lot and the other team took the opposite trail. The area was very peaceful and quiet aside from birds singing and the slight breeze in the trees. Kellie D. directed her group to an area that caught her attention. It was a large tree in the distance looming over the north west side of the battlefield. We stopped there and set up for approximately 40 minutes. We tried communicating with spirit using our SB-11 and the Portal app. We weren't getting any responses. At that time Kristie W. started utilizing her dowsing rods.                                                                           During this session we encountered two spirits while using the rods. The first one was a Native American who kept pointing the rods to the left of us to indicate the place that he had died.  He also answered "yes" to the question, "Did they give you warm clothes in the winter?" And "no" when asked "Did you have enough food?"  He also indicated that he was a teenager when he was offered three different age groups to respond to. The next spirit we met was that of a British soldier who said he also died where the Native American had pointed. (See dowsing session in videos). Another team member further up the trail heard the name "Philip" being called. It was none of us. We all moved forward up the trail about 50 yards and convened on a hill by a bench. Kristie W. continued to receive responses using the dowsing rods. When asked if it was the Native American from earlier. We received a "yes" response. When asked, "Where he died?" the rods swung back to the area where he'd first showed us that he died.

Team members Judy H. and Kelly H. were on the opposite trail to the right of the parking lot. They walked to the furthest marker before working their way back.

 

Upon moving to the next marker, they started with an EVP session and then switched to the SB-11, using the earplugs and blindfold.  To conduct this experiment, one person asks questions, while the person wearing the blindfold and earplugs gives the responses, they feel come to them. We did get some responses that seemed intelligent.

 

Where are you from?  “Here”

Did you have family?  “Bring them back.”

Did you ride horses?  “We all were." “Everyone”

How many of you were there?  “I don’t know.” “Hope” “Many men”

Who fought in the war? “Heroes”

Are you from Kentucky? “Is that our home?”

 

We all met back at the front of the park and continued with a Q&A for over an hour. We received no activity at this point.

In conclusion we feel there are spirits that still roam the fields at River Raisin. It was a very solemn and peaceful location. The park does a great job putting out plaques explaining the events of the battle, dates and additional battle related information.

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