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HISTORY OF CANADA.   173

 

which the British frigate won the day, carrying her antagonist a prize of war into Halifax.

St. Lawrence Frontier and Lake Champlain. —We must now turn to Lower Canada and the St. Lawrence frontier. During the winter of 1812-1813 raiding parties from both sides had from time to time crossed the ice and committed petty depredations. In retaliation for a raid upon Brockville, Lieutenant-Colonel Macdonell crossed from Prescott toward the end of February, and, after a sharp conflict,* captured Ogdensburg, retiring to the Canadian shore with much booty. During the summer there was fighting on Lake Champlain, in which the small British fleet was completely successful. This was followed up by raids upon the American towns along the west shore of the lake—among others upon Plattsburg, the headquarters of the Grand Army of the North.

Chateauguay.—This army during the summer had been

diligently drilled, but autumn was well advanced before it was deemed ready to take the field. A decisive movement was then planned. General Wilkinson, called from the south to take command, was to lead the east wing of the Grand Army of the Centre from Sackett's Harbor down the St. Lawrence against Montreal ; while General Wade Hampton should lead the Grand Army of the North to join Wilkinson above that town. Hamp

ton advanced upon the Canadian

frontier near Lacolle Mill, but, meeting with opposition, turned to

the west, intending to reach the St. Lawrence by way of the valley of the Chateauguay river. To Lieutenant-Colonel de Salaberry was entrusted the task of checking Hampton's advance. On the

* In this affair Captain Jenkins, late of the 104th (New Brunswick) Regiment, greatly distinguished himself at the head of his company of Glengarry Light Infantry. With one ann shot off and the other disabled, he cheered on his men until, through loss of blood, he fell exhausted.

SALABERRY.

COLONEL DE

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