The Battle of Lundy's Lane . . . July 25, 1814
A good part of this day was spent at Niagara Falls, so we will come back to that with our non-War of 1812 entries from the trip . . .
Veteran British officers, who had fought against French armies in the Peninsular War, were horrified at the carnage they had witnessed at Lundy's Lane. Drummond reported, "Of so determined a Character were [the American] attacks directed against our guns that our Artillery Men were bayonetted by the enemy in the Act of loading, and the muzzles of the Enemy's Guns were advanced within a few Yards of ours".
Lundy's Lane Monument (1895)
Coupled with the Battle of Chippawa, Lundy's Lane made it apparent to the British that they could no longer dismiss the American regular forces as inept. In the short span of the war, commanders such as Scott had transformed the regulars into a highly professional army. This, of course, was one of lasting influences the war had upon US policy.
John Le Couteur (from Le Couteur's War of 1812 journal):
The miserable badly wounded were groaning and imploring us for water, the Indians prowling about them and scalping or plundering. Close by me lay a fine young man, the son of the American general Hull. He was mortally wounded, and I gave him some brandy and water, and wished Him to give me his watch, rings and anything He wished to send to his family. He told me much about Himself and to come to Him in the morning when He would give them to me in charge. When I got to Him, He was a beautiful Corpse, stripped stark naked, amidst a host of friends and foes.
Battle Ground Hotel (Fralick Tavern) . . . was originally built in 1836 to accommodate the tourism needs of the area, not only that of Niagara Falls, but the Battle of Lundy's Lane itself. Odd as it may seem, the battlefield was a major tourist destination for much of the 19th century. Through the years, five observation towers (not at once) had been built overlooking the area. The Battleground Hotel is located directly across the street from the Drummond Hill Cemetery where the main portion of the fighting transpired.
Niagara Falls History Museum . . . Dudeboy participating in some War of 1812 drilling at an event celebrating an anniversary of the museum. While there, we were interviewed by the local newspaper. This bit was the only thing that made the press:
Todd Fife, who attended with his wife, Jane, and their son, Malcolm, were visiting from Kentucky and were on a War of 1812 tour.
“It’s nice to see that things can be saved and that history is not just swept aside for progress,” said Todd Fife. “In the long run people really appreciate what happens when something is saved, not only for tourism but for education. Not many people know about the War of 1812 and that’s depressing. It was so important not only for helping to shape the identity of Canada, but also the United States.”