Forsyth was the owner of the land on which the National Hotel was built near the "crossroads". The National Hotel was later renamed the Prospect Hotel. In , Forsyth sold this hotel to J. In Buchner sold this hotel to Harmanus Crysler. In , Doctor John Lefferty established a medical practice in Stamford. His office was located on Lundys Lane near the present day intersection of Dorchester Road. The War of led to the suspension of regular travel along the Portage Road and the destruction of many buildings.
Rumors of War. In , Great Britain was engaged in a protracted war with Napoleon's France. Britain passed laws allowing their armed forces to stop any neutral ship on the high seas in order to prevent that ship from trading with occupied Europe or delivering arms and ammunition to the enemy. American ships were regularly stopped and boarded by the British navy.
The Americans protested but those protests were ignored. The Americans began warning the British that to continue to ignore American protests would result in war between their two countries.
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To make this situation much worse, the British after seizing American ships would kidnap American sailors and conscript them into serving with the British navy. The British had forced approximately 3, American soldiers to fight for Britain and had seized up to American vessels. The British warship, Melumpus gave chase and in a short sharp exchange of cannon fire disabled the American warship, Chesapeake.
The three American deserters were captured by the British and hanged to death in Halifax. In America, Indiana Governor, William Harrison forced the western Indian tribes from their hunting grounds in exchange for a paltry sum of money. The Shawnee Indians resisted. From that point onward, Governor Harrison had turned all Indians of the western nation into mortal enemies of the Americans.
Shawnee Indian Chief Tecumseh vowed his people would assist the British in their coming war with the Americans. The British primary defense would be at Halifax and Quebec City. The War of Major General Brock was 42 years old and was an imposing figure at 6'3". Brock announced the declaration of war to his guests. After saying goodbye and wishing each other well, the Americans departed. This marked the beginning of the War of This war would continue for the next three years before it would end.
The Americans had 6, soldiers along the frontier while the British had 1, regular soldiers bolstered by various militias. Battle of Queenston Heights. On October 13th at approximately 3 a. The invading forces were quickly spotted by a lone outpost sentry. This sentry notified the main group of British soldiers that had been posted to Queenston Heights. The Americans began drawing British fire. At the onslaught of this battle, American Commander Colonel Solomon Van Rensselaer was killed after being struck by six musket balls.
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American artillery batteries in Lewiston, New York began to bombard British troop positions in Queenston signaling the coming of the main American invasion force. At Fort George, Major General Brock could hear the sounds of battle and instantly realized that Queenston was under attack. Brock had left orders for the main British garrison to be ready to march towards Queenston at first daylight. Upon approaching Queenston, Major General Isaac Brock witnessed a massive number of Americans being readied on the American shoreline at Lewiston to join the invasion force.
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Brock sent an immediate message to British troops at Fort George and in Chippawa to send reinforcements. Major General Brock knew the British were badly out numbered. He also knew the vital strategic military importance of controlling the high ground at Queenston Heights.
Major General Isaac Brock found himself in the middle of the battle as the American infantry led by Captain John Wood had been able to sneak up the escarpment to near the top of Queenston Heights. Major General Brock ordered his troops to retreat into the village in order to regroup. Brock wanted to reclaim the high grounds of Queenston before reinforcements arrived. He began to counter attack the Americans with the soldiers that were at his service. The attack was stalled by American artillery fire.
With his troops pinned down, Brock mounted his horse "Alfred" and ordered his troops to continue their charge by yelling "follow me, boys". During this charge in an attempt to retake the Redan Battery at Queenston Heights, Major General Isaac Brock was shot by an American marksman who had hidden behind a tree. Brock was shot in the chest with a musket ball at close range.
Here Major General Isaac Brock fell to the ground mortally wounded. As the British soldiers were about to retreat, two companies of British militia from York arrived with aide de camp, John Macdonell. In the ensuing battle, the Americans had taken control of Queenston Heights and over run the village below forcing the British to retreat yet again. In this battle aide de camp. Macdonnell was shot and killed.
The Americans had won the initial skirmish and were able to take the high ground. They repulsed two British counter attacks before being forced to relinquish the high ground because of a successful third British counter attack and the ineptness of the local American militia. The bodies of Major General Brock and Lieutenant Colonel Macdonell were carried back to Newark where they laid in state for three days before being buried at the northeast bastion of Fort George.
The New York State militia were watching the battle from the American shore. They witnessed the death and destruction first hand and saw the results as the dead and injured Americans were ferried back across the river. When the time came for them to join their regular American army counterparts on the Canadian side of the river, they refused to go which under their constitution they had the right to do.
Without the assistance of the New York militia, the regular American troops had no reinforcements to help them fortify their newly won ground. Major General Sheaffe waited for reinforcements before attempting to mount a counter attack against the Americans. When the British did mount their attack, they were able to out flank the Americans. The Indian allies of the British began firing at the Americans as well. Being out maneuvered and without reinforcements, American commander, Winfield Scott surrendered to the British.
Brigadier General Smyth was determined to punish the British for the British victories at Queenston and earlier at Detroit. Smyth proclaimed publicly that he would invade Upper Canada before the end of the month. This announcement provided ample warning for the British. The Americans responded with an artillery barrage of their own striking at Fort George.
The British army quickly foiled this American incursion, forcing the Americans to retreat back to Black Creek. During the winter of - , there was little war activity in Niagara.
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Both the Americans and the British used this time to re-supply, reinforce and other wise solidify their armies. The war between the Americans and the British continued in Kingston and along the St. Lawrence River. The British were outnumbered and were forced to abandon the fort but not before setting it and all the remaining ships and supplies on fire.
The Americans occupied York until May 18th Before leaving the Americans burned the Parliament Buildings to the ground. On May 25th at day break, the Americans began heavy artillery bombardment of Fort George, a prelude to an invasion. The bombardment all but destroyed Fort George leaving the British with little fortification. On June 5th , the Americans reached Stoney Creek. Here the British and their Indian allies attacked the Americans. During the battle, the Americans were forced to retreat back to Fort George in the Niagara Peninsula with the British now in pursuit.
They forced Secord to prepare and serve dinner to them. As these officers ate their meal, they spoke of their impending attack upon the British at Decew House not thinking that Laura Secord was listening. Secord knew that this information was so important that she would have to deliver the message personally.
On June 22nd , Laura Secord left home on a perilous journey walking to Decew House to warn the British encampment. Secord did deliver the warning to British commander, Lieutenant Fitzgibbon. They rested over night at Queenston before setting out again the next morning. The Americans began marching westward along the top of the Niagara Escarpment through the village of Stamford. The leader of the Iroquois Indians, Dominique Ducharme had picked out a site along the route where the British and the Indians could ambush the Americans.
With Caughnawaga warriors on the right and Six Nations warriors on the left the Americans were ambushed as they made their way along the gauntlet. The fierce battle resulted in many dead and injured. The Americans stood their ground and fought. The British were still outnumbered by the Americans. Fitzgibbon demanded the Americans surrender from Boerstler, however it was not until the British had received reinforcements after a lengthy period of time did Boerstler know he was overpowered and then surrender.
Once the British and the Indians had completely surrounded the Americans, the Americans surrendered ending the battle of the Beaverdams. This was an Indian victory that was decided by those warriors fighting along side of the British. Laura Secord became legendary for her courage and determination in warning the British of the impending American attack. On September 10th , the Americans defeated the British in the greatest sea battle of the war.
Despite British victories at Chateauguay and at Cryslers farm which ended the American threats of occupying Montreal and Quebec, the American navy battled the British navy at the River Thames and were victorious. This battle seriously damaged the British naval capability and allowed the Americans to rule the waterways. The battle of the Thames made the British hold of the Niagara Peninsula very weak because the American navy now controlled the waters of the Niagara River.
On December 10th , The Americans abandoned Fort George after their numbers had dwindled to less than soldiers. Rather than trying to hang onto the fort without proper reinforcements and supplies, they decided to return to Fort Niagara. During their withdrawal, the Americans torched the settlement of Newark, burning it to the ground. The British troops who had retreated to Burlington while the Americans occupied Queenston and Newark Niagara on the Lake returned to a devastated Newark and an abandoned but still standing Fort George.
The British began fortifying Fort George using building techniques developed by the Americans during their occupation. This new Fort was called "Fort Mississauga". As the battle raged, soldiers were fighting at close quarters with bayonets and by hand. Sixty-five Americans soldiers died and six British soldiers died during the battle.
As the British continued their march southward, they continued to burn everything in their path. The winter of , was mostly quiet again. The Niagara Frontier lay in ruins. The Americans and the British spent the winter re-supplying and reinforcing. In the spring of , the British had defeated Napoleon in Europe. Soon the British troops in Europe would be re-deployed to the war against the Americans.
The Americans massed their troops in Buffalo. On July 3rd at approximately 2 a. The invasion force was spotted and the Americans landed under a hail of gun fire. The meager British force of soldiers quickly surrendered before being over run by a much larger American force. The battle lasted approximately thirty minutes. The 1, American regulars had defeated the 1, British soldiers.
During this battle the British had sustained soldiers killed, wounded and 46 captured. The Americans had sustained 44 soldiers killed and wounded. As the British rear guard withdrew over the King's Bridge, they removed the wood plank flooring rendering it impassable.
This would be the first battle where the American regular forces defeated the British regular forces. For the next three days, the British and the Americans faced each other from across the river, before the British retreated to Fort George as the Americans marched northward. The burning of St. David's enraged the British. British reinforcements were ordered into the battle. They arrived from York. On July 24th , Major General Brown withdrew his forces back to Chippawa in order to re-supply his army. Brown reasoned that if Burlington Heights fell into American hands, then Fort George and Fort Niagara would be cut off from men and supplies.
It was a small red log building which stood on the highest ground on Lundy's Lane Hill presently known as Drummond Hill. Along the south side of this church was a small enclosed grave yard. To the south side of Lundy's Lane Hill present site of Barker Street was a young orchard below the grave sites. Among the tender trees stood a small house and a farm yard. The next closest house was that of Haggai Skinner who lived north of the battlefield on present day Drummond Road. The only homes on Lundy's Lane were the homesteads of the Lundy's and the Green's quite a distance away. Surrounding Lundy's Lane Hill were meadows and cultivated fields with thick woods less than a mile away stretching in every direction.
According to a letter written about the Prospect Hotel by the son of the original builder, Robert Fairbank, there is a tunnel that runs from Drummond Hill Cemetery to the Prospect Hotel. Now boarded up, it was originally used as an escape route by defenders, during the Revolutionary War and the War of They arrived at Lundy's Lane Hill at noon. Lundy's Lane Hill was located just west of Portage Road and was the highest point of land in the area. It provided an excellent vantage point in all directions over looking the lower surrounding area.
Major General Jacob Brown thought the British would march eastward in an attempt to cut off the supply lines to Fort Schlosser. Brown ordered General Winfield Scott to march towards Queenston with a brigade of soldiers in an attempt to force the British to withdraw. The Americans had fired in Merritt's direction, but Merritt made his escape.
General Scott questioned Mrs. Wilson about the British. In order to save her tavern, Mrs. Wilson told Scott that the British had regular soldiers along with militia and Indian allies. Without waiting for reinforcements, Scott and his brigade pushed ahead. Wilson in providing information to Brown unwittingly over stated the strength of the British forces. As General Scott and his American infantry moved forward they did so very carefully and slowly.
As Riall and his soldiers were retreating, they met British Major General Gordon Drummond along with reinforcement troops on the Portage Road approximately one mile north of Lundys Lane. In the meantime, Scott was still of the belief that half of the British army were by now on American soil so he ordered his brigade to move slowly forward.
Because of the errant information, Mrs. Scott and his infantry brigade advanced, the British opened fire. Scott quickly realized that he was facing the bulk of the British forces, however the American out numbered the British. The battle of Lundys Lane continued into the night. The Americans forced the British to abandon Lundys Lane Hill and retreat a short distance to the north.
Several counter attacks including an attack from the rear by the British were unsuccessful. This bloody battle had left many dead and wounded. At approximately midnight, the British were on the verge of a certain defeat, when the Americans were ordered by Scott to withdraw back to Chippawa. Scott needed water for his troops and was unaware that a water supply closer to Chippawa was available.
The Americans had tried to retake Lundys Lane Hill from the British on the morning of July 26th , however found that the British had reinforced and entrenched themselves. Before the battle had ended, 5, American soldiers had faced 2, British soldiers, militia and Indians in the largest and bloodiest battle of the war. The Americans withdrew to Fort Erie. As they retreated, they burned Bridgewater Mills to the ground. Casualties during this battle were heavy. The Americans had sustained soldiers killed, wounded and taken prisoner. The British had sustained 94 soldiers killed, wounded and taken prisoner.
British General Riall had been taken prisoner by the Americans. The Americans forced the British to retreat to Chippawa. Most of the dead soldiers were burned on the battlefield in a gigantic funeral pyre. The location of this pyre is present site of the old manse for Drummond Hill Presbyterian Church. On October 19th , the Americans sent 2, soldiers to the settlement of Cooks Mills to cross Lyons Creek in order to attack the British in Chippawa from the unguarded west. A short but violent exchange took place which resulted in many casualties on both sides.
The Americans were forced to retreat back to Fort Erie and failed in their effort to mount a surprise attack against the British. This battle also known as the skirmish at Lyons Creek was the last battle fought on Canadian soil. American General Izard, commanding a force of men, moved up to Chippawa. There, the British General Drummond had established a defensive position complete with new field defences.
The Americans attempted to outflank the British, but Drummond responded quickly. The British had congrieve rockets and one cannon and these proved effective in balancing the numbers. The British lost 19 men killed or wounded and the American losses were acknowledge to be 67 men, apart from the fact that bushes of wheat and flour were destroyed by the American brigade nothing else resulted from this sharp skirmish as very soon circumstances compelled the Americans to exchange their advance for a somewhat inglorious retreat.
Both commanding officers filed reports claiming victory. End of the War - On December 25th , a peace treaty was signed at Ghent, officially ending the state of war between the British and the Americans. The War of had come to an end and the Niagara Frontier laid in ruins. Until word of the treaty had reached combatants from both countries, several large battles occurred in early including the Battle of New Orleans on January 9th and the final naval clash that occurred on March 23rd. The results of this war are unclear. Neither the Americans or the British were victorious.
There were many casualties of war. Both sides had suffered staggering losses in the dead, wounded and missing soldiers. The landscape had been changed forever. Nearly all settlements were destroyed as was the commerce and economies of both countries. Pain and hardships had been inflicted upon thousands of non combatants across the Niagara Frontier.
The War of - , did provoke a solidarity upon those nationalist from both countries. America became much more cohesive and strong even though the American civil war lay ahead. The borders between the two countries remained the same as they had before the war began. The original International Boundary line had been established by the Jay's Treaty of In July of , the British moved their military headquarters to York and abandoned Fort George as it was too expensive to maintain.
Both American and British borders would remain heavily guarded by military troops until the 's. The only disarmament agreement reached between the two countries following the War of was the Rush-Bagot Treaty of which limited naval forces in the Great Lakes. According to this agreement both countries were limited to four naval vessels per side to patrol the Great Lakes. None of these ships could exceed more than tons nor carry more than one 18 pound gun.
The remaining fort property was leased to local families. This continued until , when preservationists realized the historical importance of Fort George.
Next to the Falls of Niagara, the battlefields of the War of became the most popular tourist sites. Tours were given of the Lundy's Lane battlefield by war veterans. In , Captain Anderson built a forty foot tall wooden observation tower overlooking the Lundy's Lane battleground. It was located along the north side of Lundy's Lane just north-east of the present day Drummond Hill Church. It was a two storey building with a eighty foot tall tower with an observation deck with a telescope mounted on top.
This tower burned to the ground on July 4th In , Adam Fralick built a enclosed wooden tower next to his tavern directly across from the Lundy's Lane Presbyterian Church. It was visible for miles around. In , Mr. Davis built a tower known as the "Durham Tower" overlooking the battlefield. It was located on the south-east corner of Lundy's Lane and Drummond Road. In , this tower was destroyed during a wind storm.
The final tower was built at the site of Fralick's tower by citizens of Drummondville. Known as the Lundy's Lane Observatory, this steel frame tower stood feet tall and had a steam driven elevator. The use of this tower was short lived. The tower was idle from until it was dismantled in The American Civil War of - , resulted the publics interest in the War of dwindling. By mid , the Lundy's Lane battlefield and cemetery had been overgrown with weeds.
A movement had begun to clean and preserve this historical site. On July 25th , a monument was dedicated to the soldiers of the Battle of Lundy's Lane. Beneath the monument is a vault used as a depository for the remains of soldiers found on the battleground. There were no bridges in Chippawa to cross the Chippawa Creek.
Samuel Street operated a rowboat ferry until , when Street built a wooden bridge. In , there were two bridges in Chippawa. The bridge closest to the mouth of the Niagara River was called the "King's Bridge". In , the population had increased to 1, people. Nearly every one farmed for a living. In , a distillery was built near the present day site of the Queen Victoria Restaurant. In , William Forsyth built the Pavilion Hotel. It was located on the present site of the Oakes Inn adjacent to the Minolta Tower.
In , Zeba Gay established a nail factory at the foot of Cedar Island. Utley had established a clock factory. In , Hermanus Crysler built the Prospect Hotel. It was located along "the front" which was a strip of hotels situated in the present site of Queen Victoria Park opposite the Table Rock. These hotels were situated in a row between Robinson Street and the Table Rock. Because of their close proximity to each other and the Table Rock, they attracted unsavory characters including hucksters, thieves, prostitutes and carnival types. In , Captain Ogden Creighton retired army purchased land from the Bender family.
Creighton then laid out a series of streets and building lots for a village he would call "Clifton". Creighton did little to promote his village of Clifton before he died in Business tycoon, Samuel Zimmerman took over the endeavors of Creighton. By , sixty thousand people visited the Falls of Niagara each year. In , the Canadian side of the Niagara Gorge housed a series of paltry curiousity shops.
Street named the islands "Cynthia Islands". He named the islands after one of his sisters. For a short time they compete for customers before Barnett sells out to Davis in In , the Government of Upper Canada took over all the properties along "the front" including the property of Saul Davis. Street built a fifty foot tall wooden tourist observation tower called "Street's Pagoda". The tower was too far from the brink of the Falls to offer a good view and as a result did not earn much money. In , Samuel Street died. The name of Cynthia Islands were changed to Dufferin Islands.
In , more than one million people per year were visitors to the Falls of Niagara. Prohibition ended in Canada in Prohibition ended in USA in For six years, liquor smuggling became an enterprising yet illegal business. Fort Schlosser was situated approximately one mile above the Falls, opposite Chippawa. Fort Schlosser was originally called "Little Niagara" by the French.
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The fort was destroyed in after the French surrender of Fort Niagara to the British. In the place of Fort Little Niagara, the British built a small stockade. It was rebuilt by American soldiers and named Fort Schlosser. Augustus Porter, a surveyor, was the first person to purchase and settle upon the land along the American side of the Falls once the British occupation ended.
Porter had first visited the Falls in and He understood the value and the beauty of the Falls of Niagara. Prior to , no buildings had been built or improvements of any kind had been made in the vicinity of the Falls. What had been previously been built by the French and the British was in ruins except for a house which was built under the British rule near the site of the British stockade. This house had been occupied for many years by John Stedman Steadman.
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Upon leaving the next morning, he told the Inn keeper ' I will return when the war is over'. He then boarded the stage empty handed and was never seen or heard of again. After the war, many holes were dug along the banks of the creek looking for the chest, with no luck. St Lous Dental Assitant Training.
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