It was on this day in 1814 that the Battle of Cook’s Mills began to commence.
Brig Gen Daniel Bissell led an American force of 1,200 men consisting of detachments of the 5th, 14th, 15th and 16th U.S. infantry from Fort Erie toward the British line along the Chippawa River.
Lt Gen Drummond ordered Col Christopher Myers to make a reconnaissance towards Cook’s Mills on his right flank to find where the Americans are vulnerable to attack.
About 450 military re-enactors will be participating today and Sunday in re-enactment events to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Cook’s Mills.
The Battle of Cook’s Mills was the last battle on the Niagara frontier during the 1814 campaign prior to the U.S. evacuation of Fort Erie the following month. The affair was the last significant engagement between two regular armies in Canada with nearly 2,000 participates from British, Canadian and American land forces.
This event is a full scale re-enactment over two days and is the final event of the Niagara Campaign 1814-2014 signature event series for the Bicentennial. The event is hosted by the Welland 1812 Bicentennial Committee with support from the City of Welland, Region of Niagara, and the Niagara 1812 Legacy Council.
The event is organized by the Canadian Military Heritage Society (49th Regiment of Foot recreated) with support from the staff of Fort Erie and Fort George.
For more details on the re-enactment, click here.