Battle of the Chateauguay National Historic Site

Soldiers in a field
Reenactors depicting the Battle of the Chateauguay

Parks Canada

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Ormstown, Quebec, Canada
One of the two battles (the other being the Battle of Crysler's Farm) which caused the Americans to abandon the Saint Lawrence Campaign
National Historic Site of Canada

The National Historic Site is the location of the Battle of Chateauguay which took place on the 26th of October 1813. The battle part of the War of 1812 commemorates the Canadian defeat of the American Army. In the summer of 1813 the US had a plan to invade Lower Canada and take the city of Montreal, in order to cut the supply lines of the British to Upper Canada. Within the American advance were two armies, once led by Major General Wilkinson, and the other by Major General Wade Hampton via the Riviere Chateauguay.  The two forces planned to meet up at Ile Perrot on the St. Lawrence. Canadian soldiers commanded by Salaberry stopped Hampton’s army on their way to Montreal. Without being able to cross the river, Hampton’s men were defeated. Wilkinson’s force was also not successful on reaching the river as they were defeated in another battle and turned back upon the news of the defeat of Hampton.

Last updated: March 12, 2015