le Petit Fort – NW Indiana

Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park

(Near Chesterton – 20 July 2013) Nearly 233 years ago, American patriots skirmished with British loyalists on the sandy shore of Lake Michigan. The site, and the men who fought there, were commemorated by various chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution and Children of the American Revolution.

5 December 1780, a group of patriots led by Lt. Thomas Brady and Jean Baptiste Hamelin were returning from a successful raid against Fort St. Joseph near present day Niles, Mich. They confronted a British force near Petit Fort, which wasn’t much more than a trading post. The British were successful, with some of the patriots killed and others captured.