Battle of Johnstown
Backstory and Context
On the 25th of October, 1781, a raiding party composed of British soldiers led by Major John Ross, loyalist militiamen led by Walter Butler, and Mohawk warriors approached Johnstown. This had prompted Colonel Willett to form up a force of patriot militiamen and pursue the raiding party. Around the afternoon Willett's force had caught up with the British raiding party at Johnstown. As both forces approached each other series of skirmishes arose throughout the town.
Willett had been outnumbered, but divided his troops and then sent a small of men around the enemy flank to attack the British from the behind. He then advanced his men towards the British across open field, but withdrew into the edge of a forest. Following this advancement was intense fighting, and the only artillery on the field was frequently being captured and recaptured. Then for unknown reasons Willett's right flank turned and fled.
Willett's forces has chased the British forces towards Lake Oneida over the days after the battle. The pursuit was slowed due to a snowstorm, but eventually caught back with the British near West Canada Creek where another skirmish occurred. During that skirmish the captain of the loyalist militia had been killed. With this American victory all fighting had ceased in the Mohawk Valley.