Historian Jennifer Reid notes that, at the Battle of Batoche, Riel was unarmed on the battlefield. Instead of shouting tactical directions, he recited the rosary. This did not seem to increase the military effectiveness of the surrounded Métis.
|Battle of Batoche|
The Capture of Batoche, lithograph by Sergeant Grundy (courtesy Library and Archives Canada/C-2424).Canadian Encyclopedia
While Dumont's troops had held their own defending their rifle pits until 12 April, Middleton lured them from their cover, leading to their undoing. One of his fellow insurgents called to Riel, "Work your miracle now, it's time". (Reid, Louis Riel and the Creation of Modern Canada, 248). Riel lifted his arms into a cross. Intervention was not forthcoming. When fatigued, two Métis soldiers held up his arms and he called to the heavens, "My God, stop those people, crush them."
Riel's prayers were left unanswered, and finally, with Riel's men resorting to firing rocks and nails for ammunition, the forces under General Middleton swarmed the remaining insurgents and took Riel into custody a few days later.
|Prisoner Louis Riel in the camp of Major-General Frederick Middleton1885, by James Peters LAC Ref. No.: C-003450|
|Louis Riel speaking at his trial Date 1885Author O.B. Buell|