La Belle Famille/Woods Battle and the Siege and Surrender of Fort Niagara by the French to the English. As this deals with another time period we will return to it later in the entries devoted to sites we saw that were apart from the War of 1812. But that is not to say that there is not much to relate about Fort Niagara during the War of 1812. By the way, you might notice that the date of 1678 in the above photo does not jibe with the date of 1726 I gave in the previous picture. That is because the date on the emblem, which is on the French Castle, denotes the date of the actual first structure, Fort Conti. Of course, 1759 is when the French surrendered the fort to the British.
Fort George and Fort Mississauga, just across the river. In the early years of the war, it served mainly as a base of operations. However, given the ugly history of the region: both sides campaigning to lay waste to all, be it a legitimate military objective or homes of the general populace, some kind of action was bound to transpire here.
Burning of Newark (now known as Niagara-on-the-Lake) by US troops when they abandoned Fort George in December, 1813. US troops had occupied Fort George and Newark since May of that year. However, as their situation was becoming untenable with US invasions checked at Stoney Creek and Beaver Dams (both in June of 1813), the worst of winter to come, the poor condition of the few soldiers left to defend, and an approaching British force bent on retaking the fort, it was decided to withdraw to Fort Niagara.
Canadian Volunteers under the command of American sympathizer Joseph Willcocks to settle old scores, or by outright intent this was nothing but guerrilla warfare. I do think the concluding line in Wilcocks' wikipedia bio to be telling, "Willcocks lies in an unmarked grave, ignored by the country he fought against and forgotten by the country he fought for."
Drummond undertook a campaign during the winter of 1813-14, in which the American frontier was laid to waste."
online article about the flag:
The road back to Niagara has been long and arduous for the colors the British captured on that frigid night, Dec. 19, 1813. A month later, an aide to Maj. Gen. Sir Gordon Drummond, the commander of the British forces in Upper Canada, arrived in Quebec to present the flag — the trophy — to Sir George Prevost, British commander-in-chief of North America. In May 1814, Prevost shipped the Niagara flag to London where it was laid before the feet of the Prince Regent, later King George IV. It is generally believed that the Prince Regent returned the Fort Niagara flag to Gen. Drummond, whose family home was in Scotland. There it remained on display in a hallway for decades.The flag has suffered over the years with a fire and such, but it has been preserved and returned to Old Fort Niagara. Note that it is a "Kentucky flag" . . . 15 stars and 15 stripes.
Buffalo History Museum and their exhibit, By Fire & Sword: War in the Niagara Theatre, 1812-1814. It was small but interesting exhibit about the area during the War of 1812. It included some artifacts pertaining to the US Brig Niagara and battlefield finds, like the above powder horn found at the Chippawa battlefield.
A relief from the museum's facade portraying Perry giving the Brits hell.