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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at French Mills (afterwards Fort Covington) in Franklin county, N. Y. Early in 1814 a large portion of this force was withdrawn.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

La Colle Mill and Block-House.

[283] General Wilkinson 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. Following Clark and Forsyth 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.

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