Remember the Raisin!
The two Custer roads are named for Monroe native George Armstrong Custer, and there are traces of him and his many relatives all over town. A large statue of Custer, called "Sighting the Enemy," depicts him as a major general in the Civil War. To me, a more compelling image is the photo at the River Raisin National Battlefield Park. Taken in 1871, it shows Custer and his father posing with the aged survivors of the Battle of Frenchtown some fifty-eight years before. Five years later, Custer himself was killed in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
The Battle of Frenchtown is a bigger deal in Kentucky than it is here. Nine counties are named after men who fought there, and "Remember the Raisin" became a rallying cry for the rest of the war.
The British held onto Detroit until the following fall, when the American victory in the Battle of Lake Erie cut their supply lines. Soon after, the Shawnee chief Tecumseh, who led the Native American forces, was killed in the Battle of the Thames.