The British Raid
American Naval Base at
Sacket’s Harbor, 1813
When the campaign season opened in April 1813, the United States planned to exploit their control of Lake Ontario by attacking Kingston, York and Fort George in the Niagara, with a force assembled at Sackets Harbor. As American intelligence indicated the defences at Kingston were formidable, it was decided to first attack York and then hold it until a relief force was detached from Fort George to reclaim it. The Americans would then make a lightening move across Lake Ontario, reduce that fort and, aided by an army that would cross the river, secure the Canadian side of the Niagara. Afterwards, a blockade was to be established at Kingston to contain the British naval squadron. American Commodore Chauncey would then proceed direct to Lake Erie and then “destroy” British naval power, take Malden and Detroit, and then proceed into Lake Huron and attack Mackinac. Continue reading Crown Forces
The following is an excerpt from The Green Pastures of Old Brock by James Gordon.
Shortly after Brock Township was surveyed in the year 1817, settlers began to arrive as they wanted to take advantage of the free grants of land. The practice of giving away land as a means of attracting newcomers ended in 1827. From that point on settlers were required to purchase land outright, or alternatively they could enter into a lease agreement either with private landowners or with the powerful church of England — holders of land referred to as Clergy Reserve. By 1837, Brock had 305 adult men, 251 adult women and 684 children under sixteen years of age.
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Fighting was intense during August and September 1814 when the Americans applied pressure and laid . During those two months, 150 men lost their lives in battle and were buried on the grounds of the fort in a mass grave.
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Thomas Raymond joined the Royal Navy on 17 August 1801 as a midshipman. He served on HMS Rattlesnake (sloop, 6th rate, 16 guns) until April 1810 when he briefly served on HMS Courageux (ship of the line, 3rd rate, 74 guns). In December 1810, he passed his Lieutenant’s examination. Through his training, he qualified as a (Sailing) Master which meant that he was responsible for the ship’s navigation. From 20 January 1812 to 23 March 1814, he served on HMS Comet (sloop, 6th rate, 18 guns). He then transferred to HMS Niobe (frigate, 5th rate, 38 guns) as the Master and served on her from September to October 1814. Niobe had been built as the French ship Diane and was captured by the British in 1800 off Malta. Raymond’s last ship was HMS Menai (sloop, 6th rate, 26 guns). He served on her as the Master from 15 October 1814 to 22 January 1817. While it is not known where he served, it would be reasonable to think that his first years of service were with the Channel Fleet that was blockading Napoleonic France. It appears that Niobe and Menai were employed in North American waters, most likely on convoy or anti-privateer duties.
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Lt. Christopher James Bell RN (1796-1836) was born in Kippax, Yorkshire, a veteran of the War of 1812, when the Americans planned to invade Upper Canada (Ontario), Canada.
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Dumaresq, Perry, Naval Officer, office holder, Justice of the Peace, and Judge; b 19 Sept 1788 on the island of Jersey, son of Philippe (Philip) Dumaresq and Jersua (Jerusha) Perry; m 21 Nov 1808 Louisa W Newton in St Paul’s Church (Anglican) in Halifax, and they had 13 children; m secondly 6 Aug 1833 Mary Stewart in Dalhousie, NB, and they had no children; d there 13 March 1839.
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Captain John Moberly was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, of English parentage, in 1789. His parents were British diplomats. He entered the navy in 1801 when he was only 12 and by 1815 had become a post Captain, serving on a number of ships.
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