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The Battle of the Windmill

Battle of the Windmill

Photo by contributor Roger Taguchi - Posted July, 2014

Battle of the Windmill

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted November, 2017

Battle of the Windmill

Photo by contributor Roger Taguchi - Posted July, 2014

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville
The Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal
On Windmill Road, 2.5 km east of
Edward Street South (Road 18) in Prescott
via King Street East (Road 2) and Windmill Road

Coordinates: N 44 43.267 W 75 29.216


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First Plaque Text
(found outside the windmill)

After the 1837 Rebellions many rebels fled to the United States where a few joined American sympathizers in a new attempt to overthrow British rule in Canada. On 12 November 1838 they landed 190 men here and seized this windmill and nearby buildings. The local people remained loyal, reporting to their militia units; in a few days 2,000 militia and regulars, supported by naval vessels, besieged the mill. Although British guns did little damage to the mill, the insurgents, seeing no escape, surrendered on the 16th. Eleven were later executed and 60 exiled to Australia.

Second Plaque Text (found inside the windmill)

The Battle of the Windmill, 13th November, 1838
Pro Patria
In memory of Lieut. William S. Johnson, 83rd Regiment, Captain George Drummond and Lieut. John Dulmage, Grenville Militia, and the non-commissioned officers and men of the 83rd Regiment, Royal Marines, Glengarry Highlanders, 9th Provisional Battalion, Dundas Militia, Grenville Militia, and the Brockville and Prescott Independent Companies killed in this action.

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Rebellion of 1837

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