Monroe — River Raisin National Battlefield Park has opened an art gallery area that will feature revolving exhibits by local artists.

Superintendent Scott J. Bentley says in a news release that paintings, drawings, prints, photos and other forms will be highlighted. They will feature early Frenchtown themes and the Battle of the River Raisin.

River Raisin National Battlefield Park was established in 2010 to commemorate and interpret the January 1813 battles during the War of 1812 and their aftermath. U.S. forces won the first battle, but the second ended in its most disastrous defeat during the war. It included mass killings of the wounded.

“Remember the Raisin” was the battle cry used that year in victory at the Battle of the Thames. That battle claimed the life of the Shawnee’s Chief Tecumseh.

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