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186   CANADIAN HISTORY POR BOYS AND GIRLS.

 

followed by Colonel Morrison with a small British force, and on Chrysler fs arm, a few miles above Cornwall, a fierce battle took place. The British, though far out-numbered, in the end drove the Americans to their boats, and when Wilkerson heard of Hampton's defeat, he also gave up the attempt to reach Montreal.

Newark   Early in December General Drummond,

Burnt. then commanding the troops in Upper Canada, sent a force to attack Fort George. But the American general retreated to Niagara, after ordering Newark to be set on fire, though it was bitter wintry weather. A little later the British surprised Fort Niagara, drove the Americans from Black Rock and Buffalo, and in cruel revenge for a cruel deed, burnt every house along the frontier from Niagara to Buffalo. Then Drummond declared that he would not in future make war upon those unable to fight, unless the Americans should again set the bad example of burning villages and homesteads.


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