Battle of Cook's Mills National Historic Site - Historic Places Days

Battle of Cook’s Mills National Historic Site

Welland, Ontario
Monument / Landmark
Lyons Creek Road & Matthews Road, Welland, ON, Canada
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The Battle of Cook’s Mills was designated a national historic site of Canada in 1921 because: British and Canadian troops forced the Americans to withdraw following a heavy skirmish at Cook’s Mills, 19 October 1814.

The Battle of Cook’s Mills was a heavy skirmish between British and Canadian troops during the War of 1812. After his unsuccessful siege of Fort Erie, Lieutenant-General Gordon Drummond withdrew north and concentrated his army along the Chippawa River. In October 1814, American forces under Major-General George Izard advanced northwards. On 18 October Izard ordered Brigadier General Bissell with a force of about 900 men to march to Cook’s Mills, a British outpost, to seize provisions in the form of wheat intended for British troops. On October 19, at Cook’s Mills, a heavy skirmish took place, involving men of the Glengarry Light Infantry and the 82nd, 100th and 104th Regiments. Led by Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Myers the British and Canadian troops succeeded in their objective of assessing the American forces so that Drummond could take appropriate action. Having accomplished their reconnaissance in force they withdrew in good order. Bissel also accomplished his mission of destroying the wheat stored at the mills after which he and his men withdrew to join the main American force. On Nov. 5, 1814 the Americans destroyed Fort Erie and re-crossed the Niagara River, evacuating Canada.  The War officially ended on Dec. 14, 1814. Website: Parks Canada – Battle of Cook’s Mills National Historic Site of Canada (


  • National Historic Site

Fun Facts

  • Located in Cook’s Mills, a quiet rural hamlet east of  Welland
  • Battle was fought in and around the hollow just to the east of the Monument siteon Lyon’s Creek Road.
  • A  War of 1812 Peace Garden is located just west of the monument at Lyon’s Creek and Doan’s Ridge Roads.  Lovely view of Lyon’s Creek, small park with seating, parking and information panels about the Battle.
  • Americans commandeered the Yokum homestead south of here for their headquarters.
  • British use of Congreve Rockets credited with stopping the American advance.




Lyons Creek Road & Matthews Road, Welland, ON, Canada
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