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Battle of York

This articles describes the Battle of York in the War of 1812.
Battle of York
Battle of York

The Battle of York, which would later be called the Battle of Toronto, was classified as a Pyrrhic American victory. A Pyrrhic victory is a victory that comes at a great cost, such as a large number of casualties or loss of supplies.

A Pyrrhic American Victory

American forces under the combined command of Henry Dearborn, Isaac Chauncy and Zebulon Pike landed in York and immediately set out to attack Fort York. The British force of 400 soldiers under the command Roger Sheaffe had no chance to make a stand. Instead, they blew up hundreds of barrels of gunpowder in the fort and set fire to the HMS Isaac Brock (a ship). The explosion killed Zebulon Pike and caused the deaths of many soldiers.

York is Burned

After the battle, American soldiers burned much of York. Although the Americans captured important British supplies meant for use in future battles, York was abandoned five days after the battle.

War of 1812 Battles

November 7th, 1811 - Battle of Tippecanoe
July 17, 1812 - Battle of Fort Mackinac
August 15, 1812 - Massacre at Fort Dearborn
October 13, 1812 - Battle of Queenston's Heights
January 22, 1813 - Battle of Frenchtown
March 30, 1813 - Battle of Lacolle Mills
April 27, 1813 - Battle of York
May 1-9, 1813 - Siege at Fort Meigs
August 15-16, 1813 - Surrender of Fort Detroit
September 10, 1813 - Battle of Lake Erie
October 5, 1813 - Battle of Thames
1813-1814 - Creek War
July 5- 1814 - Battle of Chippawa
July 25, 1814 - Battle of Lundy's Lane
August 24, 1814 - Battle of Bladensburg
August 25, 1814 - The Razing of Washington
September 6-11, 1814 - Battle of Plattsburgh
September 12-14, 1814 - Siege of Baltimore
November 11, 1814 - Battle of Crysler's Farm
January 8, 1815 - Battle of New Orleans

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