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Laura Secord
Laura Secord
 Laura Secord 
Secord, Laura
b. 1775 - d. 1868

Nationality: Canadian

Allegiance: British

Category: Women

Summary:

   In the summer of 1813, American forces had made incursions into Canada and occupied Fort George opposite Fort Niagara. On the night of June 23, 1813, while U.S. soldiers were billeted in her Queenston home, Laura Secord, the wife of a wounded Canadian militiaman, overheard the Americans planning a raid on British Lt. James FitzGibbon's troops at the De Cou house near Beaver Dams, 20 miles away. Canadians remember Laura for her courage and loyalty in leaving her farm, children, and wounded husband to walk the 20 miles (32 km) to warn the lieutenant and his force of fifty men of the 49th Regiment and 450 Indians of the impending raid by Lt. Col. Charles Boerstler and his force of around six hundred Americans. The advance warning may have had an effect on the outcome of the subsequent Battle of Beaver Dams the following day, when FitzGibbon and his Indian allies surrounded the Americans and forced Boerstler to surrender.

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Related pages:
  Beaver Dams, Battle of
       Battles: Battle of Beaver Dams 

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