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Laura Secord

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, June 10, 2012
1. Laura Secord Marker
Inscription. [Front Side of the Monument]:

To perpetuate
the name and fame of
Laura Secord
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
DeCew’s Falls of an intended attack
and thereby enabled Lt. 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 Nations and other Indians
under Capt. William Johnson Kerr
and Dominique Ducharmes 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.

[Right Side of the Monument]:

Here Rests
Laura Ingersoll
Beloved Wife of
James Secord
Born Sept. 13, 1775
Died Oct. 17, 1868
Aged 93 Years

[Left Side of the Monument]:

In Memory of
James Secord
collector of Customs
who departed this life
22nd of February
1841
in the 68th year
of his age

 
Location.
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By Dale K. Benington, June 10, 2012
2. Laura Secord Marker
Close-up view of the sculpture on the top of the historical monument stone.
43° 5.357′ N, 79° 5.728′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker is at the intersection of Lundy's Lane and Hanan Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Lundy's Lane. Click for map. This historical marker is located in the Drummond Hill Cemetery which is situated off of Lundy's Lane near the intersection with Drummond Road. However it is best reached by driving to the end of Buchner Place (off Drummond Road) and parking your vehicle in the parking lot and then walking north along the western boundary of the cemetery until you locate the Lundy's Lane Battlefield Memorial and then walk a short distance east of the memorial and you will locate Laura Secord's gravestone. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6136 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 1T1, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S. Infantry Trench (a few steps from this marker); Edgeworth Ussher, Esq. (a few steps from this marker); Soldier's Monument (a few steps from this marker); Lundy's Lane Battlefield Commemorative Wall (a few steps from this marker); One Hundredth Anniversary of the Battle of Lundy's Lane (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Lundy's Lane
Laura Secord Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2011
3. Laura Secord Marker
Close-up view of the text on the front side of the historical monument stone.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Holding the High Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Ruth Redmond (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Niagara Falls.
 
Regarding Laura Secord. It was almost 25 years ago, while participating in a conference being held in Buffalo, New York celebrating the 175th anniversary of the War of 1812, that I first encountered the role that Laura Secord played in that conflict. Having had a history major in college, having read a number of textbooks and articles on the subject of the War of 1812, I was surprised that I hadn't encountered, or even heard of, Laura Secord prior to this conference. So for the sake of my fellow United States citizens, who for the most part don't have a clue of her contributions to the British/Canadian war effort in this conflict, I will share the following insights and comments concerning both Laura Secord and the War of 1812.

First, it should be noted that on the southern side of the U.S.-Canadian boarder, the War of 1812 isn't held in the same esteem as say the Revolutionary War or the Civil War. It could probably be said that it is seen as being an extension of the Revolutionary
Laura Secord Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2011
4. Laura Secord Marker
Close-up view of the text on the back side of the historical monument stone.
War, of much lesser significance. However, on the Canadian side of the boarder it could be said that the War of 1812 was the equivalent of the American Civil War (one commentary that I came across referring to the Battle of Lundy's Lane being Canada's Battle of Gettysburg).

That being said, it stands to reason that for Canada, the heroes of the War of 1812 will stand as huge figures in Canadian history. My impression (as a resident of Canada's neighbor to the south) is that the two biggest heroes to emerge in Canada's history, as a result of the War of 1812, would be the General Sir Isaac Brock and Laura Ingersoll Secord.

With regards to role of Laura Secord in Canadian history, one web site refers to her as Canada's Joan-of-Arc. When visiting the web page devoted to her at the web site, "Find a Grave," one of the many notes left to honor her memory stated, "You remain a remarkable loved lady in Canada, a country you saved from American plans during the War of 1812, and then managed to live to see become Confederation of the colonies in 1867 Much thanks and love to you Laura."
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Laura Ingersoll Secord. This
Laura Secord Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2011
5. Laura Secord Marker
Close-up view of the text on the right side of the historical monument stone.
is a link to information from a web site that focuses on Laura Secord and other famous Canadian women. (Submitted on November 21, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. The Story of Laura Secord. This is a link to information provided by Mathew Keigher, of Thunder Bay, Ontario. (Submitted on November 21, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Laura Secord. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on November 21, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. Laura Secord. This is a link to information provided by the web site "Find a Grave." (Submitted on November 23, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

5. Biography of Laura Secord. This is a link to information provided by "The War of 1812 Website." (Submitted on November 23, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

6. Ingersoll, Laura (Secord). This is a link to information provided by the "Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online." (Submitted on November 23, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

7. 1812-3-10-Laura-Secords-Grave-Elaine-Wallis. This is a link to a gallery of prints provided by Canadian Art Cards. (Submitted on July 1, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesColonial EraPatriots & PatriotismWar of 1812
 
Laura Secord Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2011
6. Laura Secord Marker
Close-up view of the text on the left side of the historical monument stone.
Laura Secord Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2011
7. Laura Secord Marker
View looking east along the pathway running along the northern boundary of the cemetery, with a view of the historical monument in the right foreground.
Laura Secord Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2011
8. Laura Secord Marker
View looking west of the backside of the historical monument along the pathway leading to the Lundy's Lane Battlefield monuments and memorials.
Laura Secord Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 10, 2012
9. Laura Secord Marker
Another view looking northwest of the backside of the historical monument along the pathway leading to the Lundy's Lane Battlefield monuments and memorials.
 
 
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