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The Battle of Malcolm's Mills was a brief skirmish during the War of 1812 in which a force of American cavalry overran and scattered a force of Canadian militia. The battle was fought on November 6, 1814, near the village of Oakland, in Brant County, Ontario. The skirmish was part of a series of battles fought by American Brigadier General Duncan McArthur on an extended raid into Upper Canada.
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"It was also a mission launched with economic objectives, directed at the destruction of Upper Canadian infrastructure rather than one with strictly defined military objectives. As such it can be seen as a precursor to Sherman's 'March to the Sea' exactly 50 years later."