Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Skirmish of Longwoods

On this day in 1814, the Skirmish of Longwoods took place near Wardsville, in present-day Southwest Middlesex, Ontatio.

A British force of 240 troops and 28 natives converged an American raiding party, lead by Captain Andrew Holmes. The Americans were encamped along the Longwoods road at the large ravine east of Wardsville.

The Americans with only about 160 men had a protective defensive position on top of the west side of the steep ravine. The British were unable to climb the icy slope in the face of the heavy fire and were beaten back. As darkness fell at about 6.30 p.m. the entire British force retreated.
Holmes then retreated back to Detroit fearing a larger British force would soon arrive. The battle lasted under two hours: the British suffered 14 killed and 52 wounded. The Americans lost 4 killed and 3 wounded.

British-Canadian assault at Longwoods 1814.
(Painting by James Mason)

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