Battersby’s March

Battersby’s March


John Kuna


Battersby’s March


This mural features the three Canadian units that participated in the July 29th march: the 104th (New Brunswick) Regiment of Foot, the Glengarry Light Infantry Fencible Regiment, and Les Voltigeurs Canadiens.

Not only did men who served in the 3rd York Militia live and train here, but armies used Dundas Street to travel to and from battlefields on the Niagara Peninsula. Contributions by local people helped stop American attempts at annexation, affirming Canada’s ties with Britain and ensuring that Canada could develop as a unique, independent nation.

On July 29, 1813, Lieutenant Colonel Francis Battersby was ordered to leave York (Toronto) with all the soldiers under his command to secure Burlington against an imminent American threat. Dispatched in a “march of extraordinary celerity” along Dundas Street, this force, consisting largely of Battersby’s own regiment, the Glengarry Light Infantry, arrived in time to dissuade the enemy from attacking this key position. However, this troop redeployment left York vulnerable, setting the stage for the second American raid on the town on July 31, 1813.