at General Riall, who was then in chief command on the Niagara frontier, was moving towards Fort Erie.
Early in the morning of July 3, 1814, he had sent forward some of the Royal Scots to reinforce the garrison.
At Chippewa, at the mouth of Chippewa Creek, they heard of the surrender of the fort, when Riall determined to make an immediate attack upon the Americans on Canadian soil.
Hearing that reinforcements were coming from York, he deferred the attack until the next morning.
To meet this ment and a furious charge were made by Major McNeill with Colonel Campbell's 11th regiment, and a terrific fire from a corps under Major Jesup in the centre made the British line give way. It broke and fled in haste to the intrenchments below Chippewa Creek.
The fugitives tore up the bridge over the creek behind them, leaving an impassable chasm between themselves and the Americans.
The battle-field (opposite Navy Island) was strewn with the dead and dying.
The Americans lost, in killed, woun