The Battle of Batoche, occurred from May 9th 1885 to the 12th and was considered a very cataclysmic event. Louis Riel, armed with a crucifix, led his followers in the Northwest Rebellion. The small army consisted of less than 300 Métis and Aboriginal people, while faced the 800-strong North West Field Force, commanded by Major-General Frederick Middleton. The Métis and their allies, despite smaller numbers, offered remarkable resistance to the militia. Middleton initially planned a combined water-and-land attack though His plan was warped when the Métis disabled the riverboat by lowering a ferry cable across the river, taking down the boat's smokestacks. For three days the fighting continued and on May 12th, Middleton planned to draw the Métis toward a small force while assaulting with the majority from the north. The plan worked and in minutes, the fight was over. The Métis retreated. A few days after the Battle on May 15th, Riel surrendered, and Dumont and a few others escaped to the US. This was a significant point in the Northwest Rebellion because this battle led to the metis leader surrendering and initially ended the rebellion.