The Battle of Grand Pré took place at 3 a.m. in a blinding snowstorm. A detachment of British troops from Massachusetts under Colonel Arthur Noble and troops from Annapolis totalling five hundred men, were all being billeted in the houses of Acadian inhabitants in the Grand Pré area when they were attacked by French troops from Quebec under the command of Captain Coulon de Villiers, accompanied by Acadian Militia and Mi’kmaq warrior forces estimated to also number about five hundred men. A ceasefire was later called and terms agreed to. Acadian reports indicated that both parties buried 120 men after the attack, while many were wounded or taken prisoner.