Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The Battle of Stoney Creek June 6, 1813

This battle was fought near where present day Stoney Creek, Ontario is situated. A force of over 4,100 white soldiers under the command of Brigadier General John Vincent, had caught wind (through scouts) of a large force of brave Anishinabe soldiers in the Stoney Creek region. They then planned to attack the large force of Anishinabe soldiers in the dead of the night, in order to stand a better chance of defeating them. For some reason the planned nighttime attack did not go as the whites had expected. With the first advance upon the Indian camp the white soldiers captured several of the big guns of the Anishinabek who knew of the presence of the larger force of white soldiers just before the battle commenced, and for the next 45 minutes an intense battle ensued. By early dawn the battle had ended. Through much confusion (the apparent lack of enough time to prepare themselves for battle) the Anishinabek were not capable of defeating the larger force of white soldiers. However, the larger white military force did not totally defeat the Anishinabe military force. The Anishinabek only retreated to regroup from the surprise attack of their white enemies. White casualties were 40 killed, 173 wounded, and 155 captured then probably killed later on or enslaved by the Anishinabek. The battle was a white victory but it didnít go as they had planned.

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