• Simon Biggs

Battle of Lacolle Mills - Last American invasion of Canada


Unit/ Formation: Royal Marines Location: Canada Period/ Conflict: War of 1812 Year: 1814 Date/s: 30 March 1814

The small garrison of a British outpost position, aided by reinforcements, fought off a large American attack. A few miles north of the border between Canada and the United States, the main road running north crossed the small Lacolle River.

Here, the British maintained an outpost of 80 men of the 13th Regiment of Foot in a blockhouse and the stout stone-built mill building.

The defenders also included a Congreve rocket detachment of the Royal Marine Artillery, and there were other outpost positions and blockhouses nearby

Inscription on memorial stone: Battle of the Lacolle Mill. 30 March, 1814, Major R. B. Handcock and a garrison 500 men 13th Regiment, Royal Marines, Canadian Fencibles, Voltiguers, Indians withstood attack by 4,000 American soldiers with Gen. Wilkinson.

Last American invasion Canada


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