November 2 This day during the War of 1812

November 2, 1813 – French Creek, New York – Gen. Jacob Brown made camp at French Creek on October 29th, 1813. Brown’s force was the advance guard of Gen. Wilkinson’s army marching on Montreal. On November 1, a British squadron under the command of Capt. William H. Mulcaster arrived at the mouth of French Creek with two schooners, 2 brigs and 4 gunboats. Mulcaster’s main purpose was to disrupt and harass the American troops as they moved towards Montreal. Mulcaster anchored 3 ships in the bay and began firing on the American position. The Americans responded with cannon fire from 2 brass 18-pounders, which were located on the west side of the creek. Mulcaster, with some of his ships hit called off the action around dark. The British began firing on the American position the next morning. However, during the night, the Americans had placed more cannon on the west side of the creek and the results were inconclusive. Mulcaster withdrew once again.

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