Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The Battle of Lundy’s Lane July 25, 1814

This battle was fought near where present day Niagara Falls, Ontario is located. Continuing their strategy of bringing the war to the whites, Anishinabe military commanders once again instructed their brave soldiers to launch more military expeditions against the whites who were located in the region where Niagara Falls is, or to defend their land against the white invaders. The Anishinabek were still dominating the war in that region, and the whites were hard pressed to gain a permanent stronghold there during that time. In late July of 1814, several thousand more white soldiers had arrived to the Niagara Falls region to reinforce those white soldiers who had continued to stay in that region. In all, they numbered over 6,000. Their movements were learned of by Anishinabe scouts who alerted their commanders to the new white reinforcements arrival. The goal of the white military force was to bring the forts scattered across that region back under their control, particularly Fort George which was close to where this battle was fought. The battle commenced when after many brave Anishinabe soldiers came out into the open from the woods. Then the white soldiers commenced to bombard them from a hilltop about 25 feet higher up than where the Anishinabe soldiers were. The bombardment quickly disorganized the Anishinabe soldiers and inflicted numerous casualties on them. After the initial attack the Anishinabe soldiers regrouped, and then one contingent of Anishinabe soldiers was ordered to attack what appeared to be a weakness in the white soldiers defenses. Their assault drove those white soldiers off.

Soon after driving those white soldiers off, Anishinabe soldiers captured many of the white soldiers who had become confused by their predicament. Later on in the battle, Anishinabe soldiers were instructed by their commanders to single out the big guns of the white soldiers, to either capture them or destroy them. They gallantly went ahead with their instructions and advanced upon the force of white soldiers firing off their cannons and howitzers at their fellow Anishinabe soldiers, and then captured those big guns. Evidently the white soldiers were in dire need of those cannons and howitzers because their commanders instructed them to attempt to recapture their big guns. They put forth an extremely strong effort to recapture the cannons but their efforts proved to be futile. The white soldiers tried one last effort to change the course of the long battle at close to midnight, and it may have been a successful strategy.

The Anishinabe soldiers tired of the battle soon after the last advance by the white soldiers occurred around midnight, and withdrew from the battlefield. White casualties were extremely high in the long battle which was probably the turning point in the war against the mighty Anishinabek. Of the 6,000 white soldiers who participated in the battle, 255 were killed, 1,131 were wounded, and 352 were probably captured then probably killed later on or enslaved by the prophesy weary Anishinabek. After this battle, Anishinabe ogimak began to discuss among themselves about ending the war against the whites. Only a couple of more battles occurred after this battle in the Quebec, New York, Ontario, and Michigan region, one of which was probably the deadliest battle in the entire war. The Anishinabek had gallantly defended their remaining land in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, New York, Ontario, and Quebec, especially in Michigan and Ontario.

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