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150 MILITARY HISTORY OF CANADA

 

only a brass howitzer and an iron 6-pounder. In the confusion and darkness some fifty men of the 49th did not promptly obey the order to retreat, and, being surrounded by large bodies of Americans, were compelled to surrender.

The British had lost heavily; 23 were killed, 136 wounded, and 55 missing. This was due largely to their exposed position among the watch-fires at the foot of the American encampment and the necessity of charging up the hill against a steady musketry and cannon fire. Dennis, Ogilvie, Plenderleath, and a number of other officers were among the wounded. The American loss cannot be accurately ascertained. The prisoners taken by the British amounted to 126, and an American report gave 17 killed and 38 wounded, but as the 25th Regiment under Major Smith had 42 killed and wounded, according to Smith's own statement, their loss was clearly much greater. 'When the retreating British reached the encampment at Burlington Heights there was still no trace of General Vincent. William Hamilton Merritt was sent out in search of him and came back with two prisoners, taken single-handed, but with no tidings of the missing general. But the latter shortly afterwards arrived in camp, hatless and without his mount. Early in the fight he had been thrown from his horse and had lain concealed in a wood until an opportune moment arrived for rejoining his command.

The Americans had had enough of fighting. They re-turned, it is true, to the field of battle after the British had retreated, but stayed only long enough to destroy some ammunition, baggage, and provisions, and then hurriedly fled to Forty Mile Creek—the present Grimsby,—a disorganized mob, leaving some of their dead unburied. The British then advanced to Stoney Creek and the prisoners were sent to Kingston.

On May 27th, the very day that Chauncey and Dear-born captured Fort George, Sir James Yeo and Sir George Prevost left Kingston, with a combined naval and


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