Tombstone Tuesday!

Seeing as how Niki and I are now residents of the Niagara Region, I figured we should head over to Niagara Falls to pay tribute to one of Canada's most famous and courageous women, Laura Secord.

During the War of 1812, she ran through twenty miles of wilderness and harsh terrain to warn the British forces of an impending American attack. A warning that resulted in the American invaders' defeat and the capture of their leader.

Laura Secord's gravestone monument is located at Drummond Hill Cemetery, which was the site of the fiercest and bloodiest battle of The War of 1812, The Battle of Lundy's Lane in July of 1814.

The inscription is a little hard to read, but to the best of my knowledge it says:

To Perpetuate
The Name and Fame of
who walked alone nearly 20
miles by a circuitous, difficult
and perilous route through woods
and swamps and over miry roads
to warn a British outpost at
De Cew's Falls of an intended attack
and thereby enabled Lieut. FitzGibbon,
on the 24th June, 1813, with less
than 50 men of H. M. 49th Regt.,
about 15 militiamen and a small
force of Six Nation and other Indians
under Captains William Johnson Kerr
and Dominique Ducharme, to surprise
and attack the enemy at Beechwoods
(or Beaver Dams), and after a short
engagement to capture Col. Boerstler
of the U. S. Army and his entire force
of 542 men with two field pieces.

Stay Tombed!


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