Niagara-on-the-Lake in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada
Artillery was vitally important to the defense of Upper Canada. Due to a shortage of heavy cannons available in the province, there were only five garrison guns mounted inside Fort George in May of 1813.
Moving large cannons weighing several tons was a challenge. The easiest way to move guns was by water. Movement by land was slow and labour intensive and could expose the men moving them to enemy fire. Bad weather and poor roads could also make the movement of large guns very difficult. After the destruction of Fort George by the Americans, the British were forced to leave behind their garrison artillery. Seven months later, the Americans also left behind a number of serviceable artillery pieces when the British forced them to abandon Fort George.
Shortly after the period of the War of 1812, the motto of the Royal Artillery became 'Ubique' (Latin for 'everywhere'). The reality of war often made this a challenging motto to live up to.
Erected by Parks Canada.
Location. 43° 15.069′ N, 79° 3.719′ W. Marker is in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker can be reached from Queens Parade just south of Wellington Street Click for map. This historic marker is located on the grounds of a national historic park, inside of the reconstructed Fort George, on the grounds, near the center of the fort. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Six Pounder Field Gun (here, next to this marker); Guns Gins and Devil Carts (a few steps from this marker); Sir Isaac Brock's First Burial Site (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Fort Niagara (about 120 meters away); A Strategic Site (about 120 meters away); The Fortified Mouth of the Niagara River (about 120 meters away); Fort George (about 120 meters away); Niagara National Historic Sites (about 150 meters away). Click for a list of all markers in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Forts, Castles • War of 1812 •
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