La Colle Mill, battle of.
In the winter of 1813-14 an American force under General Wilkinson
was encamped at French Mills
(afterwards Fort Covington
) in Franklin county, N. Y.
Early in 1814 a large portion of this force was withdrawn.
A part were marched to Plattsburg
Soon afterwards, Feb. 28, a party of British soldiers advanced and destroyed some stores which the Americans
had left behind.
This invasion alarmed the whole frontier.
Late in March
attempted another invasion of Canada
He advanced up the western shore of Lake Champlain
to the Canada
frontier (March 30, 1814) with about 4,000 picked men. They soon encountered British pickets, and drove them back.
In the afternoon the Americans
came in sight of La Colle Mill, a heavy stone structure, its windows barricaded with timbers, through which were loopholes for musketry.
The British garrison at the mill consisted of only about 200 regulars, under Major Hancock
The advance of Wilkinson
's troops was commanded by Col. Isaac Clark
and Major Forsyth
The artillery was under Captain McPherson
, and the reserves were commanded by Gen. Alexander Macomb
was Colonel Miller
's regiment of 600 men. Aware that reinforcements for the British
were near, Wilkinson
ordered an immediate attack.
The fire upon the stone citadel was harmless, while the whole American line was exposed to a galling fire.
For a while the fight was desperate, when Major Hancock
made a sortie from the mill, and after a furious contest they were driven back.
Reinforcements came to the garrison, and after a conflict of two hours Wilkinson
was compelled to withdraw and abandon the invasion of Canada