Battle of the Longwoods: Mr. Poole, an earlier historian

By L.N. Bronson. 1964

The late J.I. Poole, BA, of Comber was a recognised authority on Battle Hill (he had been raised in the area). Even he, as the years went by, made revisions in his account between May 1903, when he spoke in London on the battle, and 1913, when his address was published by the London and Middlesex Historical Society.

While he found traditional evidence on the ice-story flatly contradicted by official and other documents, he based his assertion on the stories of Canadian militiamen who had fought there. History of Ontario goes further – it says the failure of the British attack was due to ice on the hill side. Road construction has changed the geography somewhat but it is still possible to visualize, even on a summer afternoon, the scene that bitter cold March. Atop the hill were the rading (sic) American forces, protected on three sides by brush and log breastworks. Behind them in a “hollow-square” were their horses and baggage. On the rises across a creek British regulars took up their position. To the rear of the Americans was a divisionary force of Indian and Kent militiamen – cheifly Scots from the Baldoon settlement.A bush trail ran along the hills, a crude bridge spanned the creek.

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