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Battle of Queenston's Heights

This articles describes the Battle of Queenston's Heights in the War of 1812.
Battle of Queenston Heights
Queenston's Heights

One of the Largest Battles in the War of 1812

The Battle of Queenston Heights was one of the largest battles in the War of 1812. It was part of a four part American plan to invade and occupy Canada, thereby bringing a quick end to the war.

A Failed American Bid to Take Canada

Because the Canada campaign had proceeded poorly to that point, there was considerable pressure on the Americans to gain a victory. On October 13, 1812, 3,000 American soldiers under the command of Steven Van Rensselaer attempted to cross the Niagara River and attack British position at three o' clock in the morning. The much smaller British forces met the Americans with constant bombardment. The savage bombardment damaged American ships and unnerved its soldiers preventing them from crossing the river in substantial numbers. British cannons pounded American artillery, which had begun battle on shore. When the British were reinforced by 1,000 Mohawk (Iroquois) warriors, American forces surrendered, rendering their hopes of invading and conquering Canada lost. The American suffered almost 1,100 casualties, compared to only 128 for the British. In the Battle, British general Isaac Brock was killed.

War of 1812 Battles

November 7th, 1811 - Battle of Tippecanoe
July 17, 1812 - Battle of Fort Mackinac
August 15, 1812 - Massacre at Fort Dearborn
October 13, 1812 - Battle of Queenston's Heights
January 22, 1813 - Battle of Frenchtown
March 30, 1813 - Battle of Lacolle Mills
April 27, 1813 - Battle of York
May 1-9, 1813 - Siege at Fort Meigs
August 15-16, 1813 - Surrender of Fort Detroit
September 10, 1813 - Battle of Lake Erie
October 5, 1813 - Battle of Thames
1813-1814 - Creek War
July 5- 1814 - Battle of Chippawa
July 25, 1814 - Battle of Lundy's Lane
August 24, 1814 - Battle of Bladensburg
August 25, 1814 - The Razing of Washington
September 6-11, 1814 - Battle of Plattsburgh
September 12-14, 1814 - Siege of Baltimore
November 11, 1814 - Battle of Crysler's Farm
January 8, 1815 - Battle of New Orleans

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