Niagara Falls in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada
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
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]:
Beloved Wife of
Born Sept. 13, 1775
Died Oct. 17, 1868
Aged 93 Years
[Left Side of the Monument]:
collector of Customs
who departed this life
22nd of February
in the 68th year
of his age
Location. Touch 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 Holding the High Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Ruth Redmond (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map 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
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. (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.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Colonial Era • Patriots & Patriotism • War of 1812 •
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