Near Prescott in Leeds & Grenville Counties, Ontario — Central Canada
The Battle of the Windmill
La Bataille du Moulin à Vent
After the 1837 Rebellions many rebels fled to the United States where a few joined American sympathizers in a new attempt to overthrow British rule in Canada. On 12 November 1838 they landed 190 men here and seized this windmill and nearby buildings. The local people remained loyal, reporting to their militia units; in a few days 2,000 militia and regulars, supported by naval vessels, besieged the mill. Although British guns did little damage to the mill, the insurgents, seeing no escape, surrendered on the 16th. Eleven were later executed and 60 exiled to Australia.
Après la Rebellion de 1837, de nombreux rebelles se réfugièrent aux États Unis où, aidés des Américains, ils organisèrent une nouvelle tentative de renverser le règne britannique au Canada. Le 12 novembre 1938, 190 hommes d’emparèrent du moulin à vent et des bâtiments voisins. Les gens du pays se présentèrent à la milice locale, en quelques jours, 2 000 miliciens et réguliers, appuyés par les navires attaquèrent le moulin. Les assaillants firent peu de dégâts dans la bataille acharnée, mais les insurges, sans espoir de s’échapper, se rendirent le 16. On en pendit 11 et déporta 60 en Australie.
Erected by Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments
Location. 44° 43.274′ N, 75° 29.245′ W. Marker is near Prescott, Ontario, in Leeds & Grenville Counties. Marker is on Windmill Road just from Leeds and Grenville Road (County Route 2), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3401 Windmill Road, Prescott, Ontario K0E, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The Battle of the Windmill (here, next to this marker); Welcome to the Site of The Battle of the Windmill (a few steps from this marker); Bytown and Prescott Railway Company 1850 (approx. 1.9 kilometers away); Col. Edward Jessup (approx. 2 kilometers away); Fort Wellington (approx. 2 kilometers away); Prescott War Memorial (approx. 2 kilometers away); World War II Memorial (approx. 2.2 kilometers away in the U.S.); Revolutionary War Memorial (approx. 2.2 kilometers away in the U.S.). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prescott.
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1. The Battle of the Windmill. The Battle of the Windmill, November 12-16, 1838, was one of several invasions launched from the United States during the "Patriot War" which followed the unsuccessful Canadian rebellions of 1837. A largely American (Submitted on May 19, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. The Rebellions of 1837 and 1838 - Canada in the Making. n March 1837, the Russell Resolutions rejected all the major demands of the Patriotes. The Patriotes began to boycott British goods and began organizing rallies. Preparations began for armed insurrection. On November 16, 1837, the government attempted to arrest the leaders of the Parti patriote. The leaders fled to the countryside and the rebellion began. (Submitted on May 19, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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