A Métis house burns at Batoche, 9 May 1885

Caption: A Métis house burns at Batoche, 9 May 1885

Early in the morning of 9 May 1885, as the Canadian army was moving in the direction of the church at Batoche, they were fired upon from two houses outside the village proper. This was the first move of the four day battle at Batoche. The guns of A Battery of the Canadian Regiment of Artillery opened fire and the Métis marksmen fled. The militia then set fire to the houses to prevent them from being used again as cover by the Métis. The commander of A Battery was an amateur photographer, and he captured the smoke in this photograph he entitled 'Opening the ball at Batoche'. The horses and guns of the artillery can be seen beyond the fence at right. (Library and Archives Canada, C-003464)