Second Battle of Laprairie National Historic Site of Canada
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(© Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, 2011.)
Hwy 104 (Chemin de St-Jean) at Chemin de la Bataille N., Laprairie, Quebec
Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Second Battle of Laprairie
Existing plaque: Hwy 104 (Chemin de St-Jean) at Chemin de la Bataille N., La Prairie, Quebec
On August 11th, 1691, a few hours after the attack on Fort Laprairie, Major Peter Schuyler and his indians suffered a severe defeat at the hands of the French and their indian allies, under command of Captain de Valrennes. The French lost the following officers: Lieutenants Le Varlet, Le Ber, Duchesne, Denys de la Bruére and Depeiras.
The Second Battle of Laprairie was designated a national historic site in 1921 because:
— it was the site where, shortly after the attack on Fort Laprairie of August 11, 1691, a company of New York militia, commanded by Major Peter Schuyler and his Aboriginal allies, were blocked by a small group of French soldiers and First Nation allies led by Captain Philippe Valrennes. During the fierce hand-to-hand combat, Schuyler’s men suffered many losses but eventually managed to break through the French line.