BATTLE OF THE WINDMILL

A stone mill building, now a National Historic Site, 3 kilometres east of Prescott, along the St. Lawrence River

Almost a year after the defeat of the 1837 Rebellion in Upper Canada, in November 1838 this was the site of an attack mounted by rebels who had fled to the United States and sympathetic Americans. The original plan was a three-pronged attack on Prescott, taking the town and then capturing Fort Wellington. The rebel forces actually landed at Windmill Point, about a mile and a half below Prescott. There they took possession of a stone mill and together with local Canadians kept up a spirited defence until overwhelmed. James Philips was killed in this battle. The actual stone windmill is still on the site, which is operated by the Friends of Windmill Point, in co-operation with Parks Canada.