Colonel John Francis Hamtramck
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N 42° 23.392 W 083° 03.177
17T E 331017 N 4695105
Quick Description: Located in Veterans Park on the northeast side of Joseph Campau, between Goodson and Danforth Streets. Parking available.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 12/25/2006 9:04:37 PM
Waymark Code: WM12G6
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member CYBret
Views: 60

Long Description:
The text from the Michigan Historical Marker:

John Francis Hamtramck was a native of Canada who dedicated his life to the new American nation. Born in 1756, Hamtramck fought in the American Revolution. He distinguished himself during and after the war fighting both Indian and British forces. In 1787 he was made commander of Post Vincennes in the Illinois Territory. There Major Hamtramck was instrumental in negotiating a peace treaty with area Indians.

In 1793, Hamtramck was named lieutenant colonel in the forces led by General Anthony Wayne. The next year, Hamtramck was cited for bravery in Wayne's decisive victory at the Battle of Fallen Timbers. In 1796, Hamtramck, a newly appointed colonel, was further honored when he was given command of the fort at Detroit which had previously been in British hands. Except for two years, he remained there until his death in 1803. In 1798 one of the four townships in Wayne County was named for this military hero.
Location type: Single Grave

Date of Birth: 1756

Date of Death: 4/11/1803

Cause of death: Died Later

Grave Marker Text:
Colonel John Francis Hamtramck, Esq. The First United States Regiment of Infantry and Commandant of Detroit and its dependencies. He departed this life on the 11th of April 1803 aged 48 years, 7 months and 28 days. True patriotism and zealous attachment to national liberty joined to a laudable ambition led him into military service at an early period of his life. He was a soldier even before he was a man. He was an active participant in all the dangers, difficulties and honors of the revolutionary war, and his heroism and uniform good conduct procured him the attention and personal thanks of the immortal Washington. The United States in him have lost a valuable officer and a good citizen, and society a useful and pleasant member. To his family his loss is incalculable, and his friends never forget the memory of Hamtramck. This humble monument is placed over his remains by the officers who had the honor to serve under his command- A small but grateful tribute to his merit and his worth. This inscription was restored by the Catholic Study Club of Detroit, Michigan May 30th 1928.


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