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Battle of Queenston Heights

The Battle of Queenston Heights was a battle of the War of 1812 on October 13, 1812.

General Sir Isaac Brock believed the Americans would attack his headquarters at Fort George[?], but he learned instead that they were planning to invade across the Niagara River from Lewiston, New York[?]. Brook and about 1000 British troops marched to Queenston to meet the invading force.

The Americans under General Stephen van Rensselaer[?] charged up the Heights to capture the British cannons; Brock was there watching the battle, his bright red coat making him an easy target, and he was killed at about 1 pm. Brock's aide Lieutenant-Colonel John Macdonnell[?] tried to drive the Americans back, but he too was killed. The British, however, succeeded in destroying their cannons before they were captured.

Major-General Roger Sheaffe[?] took over after Brock was killed. John Norton, a Mohawk chief allied with the British, attacked the Americans from the rear, and a second wave of Americans refused to cross the river to fight them. Though the Americans had 6000 troops, they were forced to surrender, with 500 casualties and 1000 prisoners. The British suffered only about 20 men killed, with 77 wounded; one of the wounded was James Secord, husband of Laura Secord.



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