March 30, 1813 – March 30, 1813 – Odeltown, Upper Canada ( Occupation of Odeltown) – Late in March, Gen. Wilkinson received word that the British were reinforcing Upper Canada, he decided to distract the british by a movement along the Richelieu River, which would appear to threaten Montreal. In order to save the American government $30,000, he had given up the idea of building huts for his troops at Plattsburg. Therefore, it was necessary to keep the troops moving in order to keep them warm. On March 30, at the head of 4,000 men, Wilkinson entered the town of Odeltown without a struggle. By 3:30 P.M., he had advanced beyond the town to where the road crossed La Cole Creek.