Two army detachments came from Montréal to attack St-Charles, the one led by Col Wetherall taking the south route via Chambly and the other led by Lt-Col Francis GORE taking the northern route through Sorel. Gore's troops, having marched through the night in dreadful weather conditions, arrived at St-Denis on the morning of Nov 23 and attacked the rebels, who had dug themselves in at the far end of the village where the St-Germain house and Dr Nelson's distillery were to be found.
The walls of the St-Germain house withstood the artillery attack and its occupants were well placed to fire from its windows on the exposed troops. Gore had to sound the retreat at about 3:00 in the afternoon when reinforcements for the besieged patriotes were beginning to flock to neighbouring villages and threatened to cut him off from Sorel.
See also REBELLIONS OF 1837.
Author JEAN-PAUL BERNARD