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ten men killed in the skirmish, besides thirty-eight wounded. The Fenian casualties were comparatively slight.

Meanwhile Lieut.-Col. Stoughton Dennis had, on his own responsibility, organized an expedition from Port Colborne. Taking the Dunnville Naval Brigade and the Welland Canal Field Battery, without their guns, he proceeded in the steamer W. T. Robb to Fort Erie, where he landed his men and picked up a number of Fenian stragglers. Placing these on board the boat under guard, he ordered the Battery and Naval Brigade to remain on shore. The other officers remonstrated, as it was re-ported that the Fenians were marching back to Fort Erie in force, but Dennis scouted the idea and insisted on his orders being obeyed. He discovered his mistake, but too late to re-embark his men. They were surrounded by the Fenians. Dennis managed to make his escape, but the seventy-six men of the Naval Brigade and the Field Battery fought most gallantly against tremendous odds. Disputing every foot of ground, they retired doggedly through the village. Part of the Battery took possession of a frame building and resisted the furious at-tacks of the Fenians until their ammunition was exhausted. What remained of the Naval Brigade fought their way down the River Road, were finally picked up by the W. T. Robb, and triumphantly brought fifty-nine Fenian prisoners into Port Colborne.

Col. Peacocke, learning of the disastrous fight at Ridge-way, and of the retreat of O'Neil to Fort Erie, marched his force toward that village, where he arrived on the morning of June 3rd. To his mortification the bulk of the Fenian army had made its escape across the river, but a number of stragglers were picked up on the Canadian side. The U.S.S. Michigan had also gathered in some 600 or 700 Fenians on their way from Fort Erie to Buffalo.

An incident worth remembering, in view of his close connection with another of Canada's little wars, was the presence of Colonel Garnet Wolseley throughout the


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