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Battle of Pelee Island

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Battle of Pelee Island

Battle of Pelee Island
Part of the Upper Canada Rebellion
Date March 3, 1838
Location Pelee Island, Upper Canada
Result Decisive British victory
Hunter Patriots
United Kingdom
Upper Canada
Commanders and leaders
Lester Hoadley† Captain George Browne
300 126
Casualties and losses
14 killed;
18 wounded;
11 captured[1]
5 killed;
25 wounded[1]

The Patriot War occurred along what is now the Michigan-Ontario border in 1837 and 1838 involving small groups of men on each side of the border seeking to "liberate" Upper Canada.


On February 26, 1838 the frozen ice of [2]

The battle

On March 3, 1838, Browne's force intercepted the Hunter Patriots on the ice off the south western shore of the island and defeated them in a sharp fight. The British and Canadian casualties were 5 killed (4 from the 32nd Regiment and 1 Canadian cavalryman) and 25 wounded.[1] On the Patriot side, Hoadley, his second-in-command, Captain Van Rensselaer, and 11 rank and file were killed by enemy fire, in addition to 1 man who drowned when he fell through the ice. 18 Patriots were wounded and a further 11 were captured, some of whom were also badly wounded.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Guillet, pp. 101-102
  2. ^ Mann, p. 76

External links

  • "The Battle of Pelee Island 1838
  • John Prince, veteran of the battle

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