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The Battle of Stoney Creek

The War of 1812 may be considered as a win or a loss for the United States.  The goal of the war was to capture the British capital of York (modern day Toronto). During this era of war, it was…

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Sir Francis Cockburn

Sir Francis Cockburn was born November 10, 1780 to Sir James Cockburn and Augusta Anne Ayscough. He would start his military career at a young age and would consequently see four different continents, have roles in two wars, help build…

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Fort Detroit and the Surrender of Detroit

Fort Detroit would prove to be an important location for a series of attacks against the British during the War of 1812. The fort however would be put under the command of a General who would end up surrendering the…

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Fort Meigs and the War of 1812

“Our ranks scattered, our brave Colonel slain, and most of the other officers mortally wounded, seems sufficient to have unnerved the bravest hero, but even then many heroic deeds of personal valor were enacted and I still occasionally heard the…

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The Battle of Fort George

On May 27, 1813, American forces led by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, Colonel Winfield Scott and Major General Henry Dearborn, launched an amphibious assault on Fort George, commanded by British Brigadier-General John Vincent. Launched from Fort Niagara on the opposite…

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Fort York and Its Functions During The War of 1812

  The foundation of urban Toronto was a military lead endeavor that began when John Graves Simcoe gave the order to have a garrison built in what would become known as Fort York in 1793. In the early years of…

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Carleton Island During the War of 1812

Carleton Island’s fort was built during the American Revolution, and while it should have been given to the Americans afterwards according to Jay’s Treaty, it remained in British control until 1812. Then, at the outbreak of war, a Revolutionary War…

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Siege of Prairie du Chien, (1814)

The importance of the siege of Prairie du Chien does not come from the battle itself but rather in what it meant to both the British and Americans. The battle was a means  to mantain gain control in the Northwest…

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Fort Malden, Gateway to the Upper Great Lakes

Photo Courtesy Parks Canada Shown above is the partially restored Fort Malden, currently the location of the Fort Malden National Historic Site Museum. On the right is the restored estate house, which was built after the Fort’s closing in the…

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The Battle of Queenston Heights: An American Folly

Well-planned British tactical maneuvers executed by experienced leadership and Native American assistance would overcome a numerical disadvantage on the battlefield while leading the British to victory during the Battle of Queenston Heights. This major battle that took place during the…

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