Saturday, 27 April 2013

The Battle of York

At daybreak on April 27, 1813, an American fleet of 14 ships arrived at York carrying 1800 soldiers under the command of Brigadier-General Zebulon Pike. He was the handsome and popular young explorer who had discovered Pike's Peak in Colorado.


Major-General Sir Roger Hale Sheaffe immediately engaged the Americans in a land battle but the British forces were outnumbered four to one. The York Militia was not involved in the fight because it was busy evacuating the town. Sheaffe knew the battle was lost so he decided not to squander his remaining forces and to retreat to Kingston.

But before abandoning the York garrison, Sheaffe ordered that its Grand Magazine (the ammunition storehouse) be blown up so it would not fall into the approaching enemy's hands. The resulting mega-blast and shockwave killed 25 American soldiers and wounded 200 others, many of whom died later. One immediate fatality was Brigadier-General Pike.


Tomorrow: Things get worse.

22 comments:

Magaly Guerrero said...

War and the stupid people who fight them. Okay, so most war heroes aren't stupid. I'm just having serious hip pain today; I'm cranky...

DEZMOND said...

this part of history is unknown to me.

turquoisemoon said...

No hip pain here, but I still agree with Maglay. Supid wars! ...this has been so interesting. Thanks for sharing this info. I never knew this about Pike, in fact, all I knew about him was the peak.

jadedj said...

So, we can say...this was the "peak" of his career? Nevermind.

Leeanna Henderson said...

AHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!! That's a good one, jadedj.
Anywho, this is beginning to be one of my fav soaps. I love history.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

And all this time, I never knew the story behind Brigadier-General Pike. I think I snoozed with my eyes open throughout my Canadian history classes in high school.

The Silver Bunny said...

Can't wait !

Anne said...

My gamers would love these posts. HRH will be in the post to you on Monday. I'm also including a special present for your Rare One. I'll be doing a post on Tuesday and you'll find out what the gift is then.

mrsduncanmahogany said...

This is gonna be good! Love me some history - can't wait for tomorrow!

Yvonne said...

I do know the Indians were involved in all this fighting too. I don't know what tribes they are up there. It's all very interesting. 200 years ago today...wow.

Jenn said...

Love me a good history lesson... looking forward to tomorrow!

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Doug Jamieson said...

Looks like Zeb spent a fair amount of time on his hair.

Francie M said...

The death of the American soldiers from the shock wave always horrified me. One of the worst atrocities that has happened on Canadian soil. And it really pissed them off. Glad they aren't still mad at us.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Oh, how wonderful! However terrible, I guess it was a good idea to blow up the magazine storehouse.

Professor Chaos said...

Battle of York? More like the battle of DORK! Ha! Am I right?

No? I'm not?


Okay.

Introverted Art said...

Professor Chaos just got me laughing real hard.

Nina Gray said...

I agree with the first comment! stupid wars!! And I don't have a hip pain, so I am not cranky, but does a tooth ache count?

DWei said...

Whoo! Canadian history! I don't remember this particular battle from history class though...

Magic Love Crow said...

I don't remember this Debra? Very interesting!

laughingwolf said...

pike, the fish, is kinda tasty to eat, once you get rid of the 'floating' bones...

as for the general....

JACKIESUE said...

war's suck..

Jonathan Doyen said...

It's interesting how this particular part of history is unknown from mosst americans... if you look up into it more closely, you learn thhat the remaining American pillaged and ransacked the town and villagers left alone by the british.