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The Battle of Crysler's Farm

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In November of 1813, the American main column advanced eastward down the St. Lawrence River towards Montreal. In a farmer's field near present-day Morrisburg, Ontario, the were met and beaten in a European-style battle by British regulars. The invasions of 1813 were over.

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Mohawk Warrior from Tyendinaga, 1813

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This man is from one of the several Iroquois settlements established in Canada after the American Revolution (1775-1783). With face paint, capot (coat), sash and mitasses (leggings), he is dressed for cold weather. Warriors from several settlements (including Tyendinaga, near Belleville, Ontario) gave outstanding services during the War of 1812. One triumph was at Beaver Dams in June 1813. Warned by Laura Secord, a party of 100 Mohawks from Grand River joined with a 300-strong group of Iroquois from Kanesatake, Kahnawake (both near Montreal, Quebec) and Akwesasne (near Cornwall, Ontario) to force a strong American force to surrender at Beaver Dams on 24 June 1813. Reconstruction by Ronald B. Volstad. (Canadian Department of National Defence)

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Map of the battle of Crysler's Farm, 11 November 1813

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The open fields of John Crysler's farm on the north shore of the St. Lawrence river made for a very European-style battlefield. Amongst the largely British defenders present at the battle of Crysler's Farm on 11 November 1813 was Crysler himself, serving as a lieutenant in the 1st Dundas Militia.

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