History -- Military history -- List of battles
|Battle of Chrysler's Farm|
|Conflict||War of 1812|
On November 11, Wilkinson ordered a small group of his men to attack Morrison's right flank. While marching towards the British position, the Lower Canada militia and a group of natives attacked the Americans by surprise. The Americans were able to drive them off, but it allowed the British to find a better position and fire directly on the American troops.
Wilkinson ordered a second attack, on the left flank, but the British easily manoeuvred once again to fire on them directly. Wilkinson then ordered a cavalry charge, but this was also routed by the much more highly trained British army.
Although he only suffered about 300 casualties, Wilkinson's uncoordinated attack was a complete failure. He barely escaped by boat before the British counterattack reached him. On the 12th, he decided to abandon the attack on Montreal.