Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
March 2005

L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia


Battle of Crysler Farm


Crysler's Farm, Battle of , an engagement which took place on November 11, 1813, on the north bank of the St. Lawrence river, near the head of the Long Sault rapids, near Cornwall, Upper Canada, between a British force of about 800 men, under Lieut.-Colonel Morrison, and an American force of more than 2,000 men, under General Boyd, which had been told off to act as the rear-guard of the main American force, under General Wilkinson, which was moving on Montreal. Morrison's force, which had been dispatched eastward from Kingston, had been worrying the rear of the American army; and on November 11, 1813, Wilkinson ordered Boyd to turn and attack it. Morrison took up a strong position between the river and some woods; and succeeded in beating off the American attack. The following day, Wilkinson received word of General Hampton's defeat at Châteauguay and his retreat to lake Champlain; and, on November 13, he transferred his army to the American side of the St. Lawrence river, and gave up the project of an attack on Montreal . See Sir C. Lucas, The Canadian War of 1812 (Oxford, 1906), and William Wood (ed.), Select British Documents of the Canadian War of 1812 (4 vols., Toronto, 1920-28).

Source  : W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. II, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 411p., p. 154.


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