Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana
Battle of Saint Denis
Though this battle was fought in the Montreal, Canada region, it was directly related to the 1835-1836 Toledo War which occurred in Michigan and Ohio. The Anishinabe people of southern Michigan and Ohio, were obviously still in touch with the Anishinabe people of Ontario and Quebec. However, the whites had settled much of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and all of Ohio by 1835. That meant the whites could control the Anishinabe people of southern Michigan and Ohio. That forced the Anishinabe people of southern Michigan and Ohio, to pack their belongings to commence an exodus towards the north (Ontario and Quebec) and it set off the Upper Canada War and the Lower Canada War, which was fought in 1837 and 1838. The battles of this war were fought in Ontario and Quebec. Whites soldiers numbering up to 60,000, were raised up to stop the Anishinabe people from southern Michigan and Ohio to Maine, from commencing an exodus up to Canada, from Michigan to Maine. The first battle was the Battle of Saint-Denis which was fought near Montreal, Canada. On November 22, 1837, a force of 300 white soldiers battled a force of 800 Anishinabe soldiers and regular citizens and lost. White casualties were up to 54 killed and 10 wounded. Anishinabe casualties were 12 killed and 7 wounded. By winning this battle, small groups of Anishinabe people commenced to flee up to northern Quebec from Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont.