On this date in an American column lead by Colonel Charles Boerstler of the 14th U.S. Infantry, marched from Fort George, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, in an attempt to surprise a British outpost at Beaver Dams, Thorold. Ontario.
Billeting themselves overnight in the village of Queenston, Ontario. A resident of Queenston, Laura Secord, learned of the American plans, and had struck out on a long and difficult trek to warn the British at Decou's stone house near present-day Brock University. When the Americans resumed their march the next day, they were ambushed by 300 Caughnawaga and 100 Mohawk warriors and eventually surrendered to the commander of a small British detachment. About 500 Americans, including their wounded commander, were taken prisoner.
The loss of Boerstler's detachment demoralized the Americans at Fort George. From then until they abandoned the fort on 10 December, they rarely dared send any patrols more than a mile from the fort. To reinforce their fear of the Indians.
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