July 5, 1814
force of some 1700 British troops under General
Sir Phineas Riall was guarding the Chippewa River just
north of Fort Erie.
by General Winfield Scott's 1300-strong column, the British
moved across the river to attack - thinking their opponents
were gray-clad militia units and not American regular troops.
surprise for Riall was a nasty one, as Scott's men charged
them at bayonet point.
British suffered heavy casualties and were forced back,
losing more than 200 killed and a further 360 men wounded
or captured. Scott's force had 61 killed and 270 casualties.
Footnote: The gray West Point uniform celebrates
Scott's victory at Chippewa.