defenders, when a great store
of powder suddenly exploded, killing or wounding a number of both besiegers and defenders. General Pike, the leader of the attacking column, was so badly hurt that he died on shipboard a few hours later. General Sheaffe was at York, but deciding that the place was indefensible, he, after destroying the naval stores and a vessel on the stocks, withdrew his force of regulars, and retired to Kingston. York then was occupied by the Americans, who plundered it of everything of value, set its public buildings on fire, and sailed away.