Lieutenant-Colonel William Caldwell

Born about 1750 in Fermanagh County, Ireland, Caldwell emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1773. During the American Revolution, he served with the British forces as a captain in Butler's Rangers at Niagara and Detroit. In 1784, he obtained land near the mouth of the Detroit River and became one of the area's earliest settlers. Caldwell's exceptional influence with the local Indians enabled him to obtain control of some 11,000 additional acres on the north shore of Lake Erie where he encourage former Loyalist soldiers to settle. In 1812, he commanded the Western Rangers in action at Miama (Ohio) and the Longwoods and, after his appointment as a Deputy Superintendent of Indian Affairs in 1814, he led Indian forces at the battles of Chippewa, Lundy's Lane and Fort Erie.


On the grounds of Christ Church, where his grave is located, 317 Ramsay Street, Amherstburg

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: County of Essex

Municipality: Town of Amherstburg