Battle of Butler's FarmJuly 8, 1813 near Fort George, Upper Canada
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Butler’s Burying Ground at the very southern end of Butler Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
On 8th July, 1813, an outpost of the invading force, encamped near Fort George, was defeated by a band of Six Nations and Western Indians, led by Chiefs John Norton and Blackbird and interpreters Michel Brisebois, Louis Langlade and Barnet Lyons. Lieutenant Samuel Eldridge and 22 soldiers of the 13th United States Infantry were killed and 12 taken prisoners.
By July the American army was setting itself up for a siege of Ft. George. They dug and expanded entrenchments and set out patrols to ascertain the location of approaching British forces. At the same time, British forces, short of supplies, were trying to recover a cache of medical supplies buried near Ft. George on the farm of Mr. Cassel Chorus during the retreat from the Battle of Fort George in May.
After recovering the cache of supplies, the British ran into a small patrol of the 13th US regiment, led by Lt. Eldridge. The Americans were able to drive off the British, but were then attacked by British Native American allies. Outflanked the troopers of the 13th were badly mauled, only 5 of them returned to Ft. George. Lt. Eldridge was not amount them.
On and off fighting continued for most of the day with nothing to show for it . . . except reinforcing the American Army’s willingness to remain penned up in Ft. George.
Facts about the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge
|American Forces Commanded by Maj. Gen. Francais Baron De Rottenburg|
|British Forces Commanded by|
|Conclusion: American Victory|
Maj. Gen. Francais Baron De Rottenburg gave orders for a small detachment to make their way to the home of Mr. Cassel Chorus, once there this force was to recover a large quantity of medical supplies. Mr. Chorus’s home was located at Two Mile Creek near Fort George, and these supplies had been buried there when the British forces were retreating from the Battle of Fort George.
This British force consisted of some Native warriors, some provincial dragoons and men from the 8th Regiment.
They made their way to the farm without being detected by the enemy pickets, but while they were loading the supplies the Americans appeared. The Indians under the command of Capt. John Norton engaged the American force.
This battle lasted until the afternoon when American reinforcements joined the battle. The reinforcements were men from the 13th U.S. Infantry.
This was to much for the small British force and they began to retire. Lt. Eldridge and some 40 U.S. soldiers gave chase and were ambushed by the Indians that had concealed themselves in a ravine.
In a matter of minutes, 28 Americans had been killed or wounded or taken prisoner. Lieutenant Eldridge was killed in this battle. The Indians had three wounded.