Battle of the Burning Mill
|Battle of the Burning Mill
|Dance of the Dragons
|Victory for the blacks
The Battle of the Burning Mill took place near the start of Dance of the Dragons. As the preceding fall of Harrenhal had been bloodless, it was the first true battle in the civil war between opposing armies in the field.
House Blackwood declared for Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen when war broke out, while House Bracken supported her half-brother, King Aegon II Targaryen. Lord Samwell Blackwood sent raiders into Bracken lands, causing Ser Amos Bracken to march on Blackwood territory in response. The Blackwoods surprised the Brackens while they were camped by a mill near a river, possibly the Red Fork.
Amos slew Lord Blackwood in single combat during the ensuing battle. The Bracken knight was himself slain by a weirwood arrow said to have been fired by Samwell's sister, Alysanne. The mill was put to the torch during the hours of fighting. Ser Raylon Rivers eventually led the Bracken survivors in retreat to Stone Hedge, but the Bracken castle had been taken in the meantime by Prince Daemon Targaryen.