Gananoque in Leeds & Grenville Counties, Ontario — Central Canada
Raid on Gananoque
On September 21, 1812, a United States force of some 200 regulars and militia under Capt. Benjamin Forsyth attacked Gananoque. The village was an important forwarding point for supplies moving up the St. Lawrence from Montreal to Kingston and was garrisoned by a detachment of the 2nd Leeds Militia under Col. Joel Stone. After a spirited resistance, Stone withdrew his force comprising two subalterns and about forty soldiers, and the Americans seized the stores and burned the government depot. As a result of this raid, a blockhouse was begun in Gananoque the following month and completed in 1813.
Erected by Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board.
Location. 44° 19.656′ N, 76° 9.872′ W. Marker is in Gananoque, Ontario, in Leeds & Grenville Counties. Marker is on King Street East just from Park Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 King Street East, Gananoque, Ontario K7G, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 26 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gananoque Town Hall (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Private John Henry (Harry) Brown (about 90 meters away); Colonel Joel Stone Gananoque (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); War of 1812-1814 (approx. half a kilometer away); Elizabeth Rabb Beatty (approx. 14.7 kilometers away); World War II Memorial (approx. 25.9 kilometers away in the U.S.); Hollenbeck • Mein • Handley Memorials (approx. 25.9 kilometers away in the U.S.). Click for a list of all markers in Gananoque.
More about this marker. This marker is just north of the Gananoque River bridge.
Also see . . . A Tranquil River No More: The Raid on Gananoque 1812 - War of 1812 Website. While Forsyth’s raid was the first offensive operation on Canadian soil along the St. Lawrence, it was not his last. The aggressive rifle officer would continue annoying the British supply line until he is finally rebuffed at the Battle of Ogdensburg in February 1813. (Submitted on May 21, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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