The Battle of Châteauguay

On this day in 1813 Charles de Salaberry, leading 1,600 French Canadian light militia, turned back General Wade Hampton and an invading army of 3,000 Americans, after four hours of fighting at a ford over the Châteauguay River, 56 km southwest of Montréal; 300 front line militia blew hunting horns in the woods, making the Americans think they were facing a larger force.

de Salberry

de Salaberry had set up the barricade after learning of Hampton’s imminent invasion a few days earlier from my Great Great Great Grandfather Antoine Charron-dit-Ducharme. Read about the Battle of Châteauguay in my novel Constant Brothers: Ancestors Book 14.

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