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Near Queenston in Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario — Central Canada
 

The Counter-Offensive Takes Shape

The Battle of Queenston Heights Walking Tour

 

Stop 4 of the 5-Stop Walking Tour

 
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By David Graff, April 28, 2012
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Inscription.  The Niagara escarpment rises above you. The British reinforcements arriving here from Fort George, in battle dress and exhausted from a "double quick march", struggled up this slope some distance to your right.

While the Americans controlled Queenston Heights they were prevented from properly establishing their position by the harassment of 120 Indians under Chief Norton. In the meantime, Regular British troops and Canadian militia were arriving from Fort George and other outposts. Under the direction of Major General Roger Sheaffe, they climbed the heights of Queenston and assembled for the last battle.

French text follows on right.
 
Erected by Parks Canada. (Marker Number 4.)
 
Location. 43° 9.703′ N, 79° 3.141′ W. Marker is near Queenston, Ontario, in Regional Municipality of Niagara. Marker can be reached from Niagara Parkway 0.3 kilometers east of York Road (Local Road 81), on the right when traveling west. This marker is Stop 4 of the Queenston Heights walking tour. It can be reached by
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By David Graff, April 28, 2012
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Detail of text.
following the trail, or from a stairway and trail downslope from a scenic lookoff on the Niagara Parkway. At this marker, take a 90 degree turn to the left and proceed uphill (south) for the next stop. The directions are confusing. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Queenston, Ontario L0S 1L0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Redan Battery (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Capture of the Redan and the Death of Brock (about 150 meters away); Sir Roger Hale Sheaffe (about 150 meters away); The Decisive Battle (about 150 meters away); The Battle of Queenston Heights (about 150 meters away); The "Colored Corps" 1812 - 1815 (about 150 meters away); Sir Isaac Brock (about 180 meters away); Brock's Monument (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Queenston.
 
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.
 
Additional keywords. Brock
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
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By David Graff, April 28, 2012
3. The Counter-Offensive Takes Shape Marker
Detail of trail map.
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By David Graff, April 28, 2012
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Detail of battlefield sculpture showing location.
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By David Graff, April 28, 2012
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The walking trail turns to the left at this marker, not straight ahead.
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By Dale K. Benington, June 10, 2012
6. The Counter-Offensive Takes Shape Marker
View of the historic marker along the side of the walking trail.
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By David Graff, April 28, 2012
7. The Niagara Escarpment Slope
The British troops and Canadian militia advanced up the slope near here, without benefit of the stairs.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 20, 2012, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 586 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 20, 2012, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia.   6. submitted on June 28, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   7. submitted on May 20, 2012, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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