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Battle of Cook's Mills

Battle of Cook's Mills

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted November, 2009

Battle of Cook's Mills

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted November, 2009

Battle of Cook's Mills

Photo from Google Street View ©2014 Google - Posted January, 2014

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The City of Welland
On the northeast corner of
Lyons Creek Road and Matthews Road
half a kilometre south of Schisler Road (Road 27)

Coordinates: N 42 59.875 W 79 10.494


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Plaque Text

In October 1814 an American army advanced from Fort Erie toward the British line along the Chippawa River. Lieutenant-General Drummond ordered a reconnaissance towards Cook's Mills on his right flank in hopes of finding the Americans vulnerable to attack. On the 19th a heavy skirmish took place, involving men of the Glengarry Light Infantry and the 82nd, 100th and 104th Regiments, supported by a gun and rockets. The British-Canadian force withdrew, but the Americans abandoned Cook's Mills the following day and on the 21st joined the general retreat to Fort Erie.

Related Ontario plaque
Fort Erie
The Glengarry Fencibles

Related Toronto plaque
Sir Gordon Drummond 1771-1854


War of 1812

Welland Plaques

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> Posted February 20, 2012
A small plaque on the fence surrounding the cairn acknowledges "This site donated by Roy Matthews". -Wayne

> Posted February 18, 2012
Battle of Cook's Mills National Historic Site is one of 37 NHS's in Ontario which are part of the national park system, managed by Parks Canada. The vast majority of NHS's are not in the park system, though Parks Canada assists in maintaining the plaques which mark them. The agency calls this site "non-operating" because it is not staffed, and there is no visitor centre. But it is fully accessible anytime. The cairn marks the south-west corner of the battle site.

> Posted February 16, 2012
Some of my research states "October 19, 1814, the American picket at Misener's Hollow, just east of the mills, was attacked by soldiers of the Glengarry Light Infantry." The Misener's Hollow mentioned, is that the home of Nicholas and Jane Misener and their children?
Pauline Grondin, Voices of the Past, spingolli@hotmail.com

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