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About Medard Couture
Captain Jean-Baptiste Couture’s home was used as shelter for U.S. troops during the Battle of the River Raisin on January 22, 1813. When the right wing gave way, he and his son, Medard, rushed out to assist them, but were driven across the river. Captain Couture was killed near the home of Joseph Robert, and his son carried the body back to their property to hide it from the Indians.
Medard Couture stayed to help the American wounded and was nearly killed himself on January 23, but Waugon, an Ottawa who knew the family, saved him by throwing a blanket over him and proclaiming to his warriors, “Take care of him… His father lies dead in the yard, and I am now his father.”