Howick in Le Haut-Saint-Laurent MRC, Quebec — French Canadian Region
The Battle of the Châteauguay
Bataille de la Châteauguay
Here, on 26 October 1813, a Canadian force of about 300 consisting of Voltigeurs, Canadian Fencibles, Sedentary and Select Embodied Militia and Indians, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Michel de Salaberry, halted 5,700 American troops led by Major General Wade Hampton. In turning back the American advance on Montréal de Salaberry and his militiamen thwarted the most ambitious enemy invasion of the War of 1812 and saved the province.
Ici, le 26 octobre 1813, un corps de trois cents soldats canadiens composé de Voltigeurs, de Fencibles canadiens, de milices d'élite et incorporées, de milices sédentaires du bataillon de Boucherville et d'Amérindiens, tous commandés par le lieutenant-colonel Charles-Michel de Salaberry, ont arrêté l'aile de l'armée américaine dirigée par le major général Wade Hampton. Par cette victoire, les Canadiens ont empêche la marche de 5,700 Américains sur Montréal et ont sauvé le pays, en contrecarrant le plus important projet d'invasion américaine de la guerre de 1812.
Erected by Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
Location. 45° 9.52′ N, 73° 55.728′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2371 Chemin de la Rivière-Châteauguay-nord, Howick, Quebec J0S 1G0, Canada.
Also see . . . A chronology of the events surrounding the battle - Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site. Upon seeing the Canadian retreat, Purdy's infantrymen believed that victory was theirs and pursued the militiamen. In the hopes of encircling their adversaries, Purdy's men burst out of the woods and marsh on to the river bank, only to find themselves almost directly in front of the Canadian position on the north bank. Salaberry, who had been watching them, ordered his men to open fire. (Submitted on April 1, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • War of 1812 •
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