Guns Across the River: The Battle of the Windmill, 1838
In 1838, seeing political unrest in Canada as an opportunity, American extremist groups invaded at several places, thinking Canadians would arise and join them to "throw off the British yoke." One of the most ambitious expeditions was the attack in November 1838 when hundreds of members of a secret organization, the Patriot Hunters, sailed down the St. Lawrence River and landed near Prescott, Ontario, where they occupied a stone windmill.It took five days of bloody fighting by British regulars and Canadian militia to defeat the invasion and capture the invaders. The prisoners were taken to Fort Henry in Kingston and tried, resulting in 11 executions and 40 deportations to Australian penal colonies. The Windmill stands today as a national historic site.The book is well illustrated with about 100 maps, archival pictures and original artwork by renowned marine artist Peter Rindlisbacher.
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13 November Anthony Flood armed army artillery attack Battalion battle bayonet Bill Johnston Birge border British and Canadian Brockville Captain Captured 13 Nov Cobourg Colborne command comrades Draper Dundas fire force Fowell Fraser Friends of Windmill Gates George Gowan Grenville County Grenville Militia Guillet Henry Heustis Hiram Denio Hough invaders James Jefferson County Jessup Kentucky Kingston Labourer American GSD land Lawrence leaders Leeds and Grenville Lieutenant Colonel Lower Canada Macbean Macdonell MacIntosh Mackenzie Memoir military mill musket Narrative naval Navy Island Newport Niagara Nils von Schoultz North officer Ogdensburg Onondaga Ontario Oswego Patriot Hunters Prescott prisoners rebellion rebels Recollections Regiment regulars river Robert Royal Marines Sackets Harbor Salina Sandom to Arthur Scott steamer T/VDL Thomas tion Toronto troops United Upper Canada vessel volunteers weapons WIA Pte William Windmill Point wounded Wright