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Chrysler’s Farm 1813

The year 1813 ended with an American Force defeated at Crysler’s Farm. The Americans had assembled an invading force of some 8000 troops under General James Wilkinson intent on striking at Montreal and then Quebec. The Royal Newfoundland Regiment manned the gun boats which were sent out from Kingston charged with following the American advance down the St. Lawrence River. The British caught up with the American rearguard at Crysler’s Farm. The gunboats blasted the American position sending them into confusion. The loss of his rearguard forced General Wilkinson to postpone his assault on Montreal and return to the American side of the border. Two officers of The Royal Newfoundland Regiment who commanded gunboats, Lt Andrew Bulger and Captain John Hierlihy gained citations for their heroics in this engagement.