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War of 1812 - Artefact of the Week - August 17, 2012

Military General Service Medal, Fort Detroit Bar

This medal, significant because of the Fort Detroit Bar, was awarded to those who took part in the capture of American Fort Detroit on August 16th, 1812. Early that morning, Major General Sir Isaac Brock led a force of 300 British regular troops, and 400 Canadian Militia, which followed Tecumseh’s force of 600 First Nations warriors across the Detroit River. Within hours American Brigadier General William Hull surrendered, unable to defend the fort against Brock and Tecumseh’s bold advance.

This military general service medal was issued in 1848 for military action from 1793-1814. There were only three such bars issued for actions during the War of 1812: for participation in the capture of Fort Detroit (1812), the Battle of the Châteauguay (1813), and the Battle of Crysler’s Farm (1813).

Military General Service Medal, Fort Detroit Bar Military General Service Medal, Fort Detroit Bar
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