The Battle of Lundy’s Lane (1814) – as Remembered in 1914

Carleton Place Herald

July 28, 1914

 

The Battle of Lundy’s Lane

It is interesting to note that in 2014, as we prepare to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War 1, Carleton Place residents of 1914 were remembering the end of another war fought one hundred years earlier – the 1812-1814 war between Canada (Britain) and the United States:

“Saturday (July 25th), was the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane.  It was the last important land battle on the frontier between Canada and the United States, and one of the most stubbornly contested, the fight being protracted far into the night.  Both sides claimed it, but there can be no doubt that the American attack was repelled, and the troops retired from the field.  The War of 1812-14 was not Canadian in its origin, although it was fought largely upon Canadian soil.  The dispute arose upon the sea, and Canada was invaded merely because it lay in convenient proximity to the United States.  The Americans did much better upon sea than upon land, where the results of the war were decidedly favorable to Canada.  Saturday’s celebration is remarkable because it commemorates not only the Battle of Lundy’s Lane, but the hundred years of peace and growing frirendship which have followed the war.  There have been disputes and misunderstandings in the century, but they have all been settled without bloodshed.  The relation which exists today does not rest upon sentiment alone.  It is a practical, statesmanlike arrangement.  It is recognized that the highest interests of the two nations are practically identical, and that war between them would be suicidal.”

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War of 1812 – Bicentennial commemorated this year

Early settlement of the Ottawa Valley started with the disbanding of the British regiments after the war of 1812.  Since this is the bicentennial of the war of 1812, you might be interested in checking out a new and exciting site at www.thewarof1812.net.  This dynamic website has been developed by Peter Konieczny and Sandra Sadowski to spread the word about a conflict many Canadians know virtually nothing about.  According to Peter & Sandra, “their latest launch comes at a time when preserving history is becoming more and more challenging. With government funding being cut, universities scaling down programs, and historical sites disappearing, www.thewarof1812.net offers an important part of Canada’s past a whole new home.” 
Also, check out this book by local author, A. Barry Roberts, titled “For King and Canada.”  This is a detailed account of the story of the 100th Regiment of Foot during the war, and how they later became redcoat soldier-settlers in Goulbourn Township.

The Official War of 1812 Bicentennial Website at http://www.visit1812.com/  is fairly dry but does offer a list of the events planned from July through October to commemorate the war, ending the weekend of October 12-14 with “the largest battle reenactment in Canada to commemorate the Bicentennial! This major event will be held on the very battlefield on the very day where British and American forces faced off in the War of 1812’s first significant conflict. Hundreds of re-enactors will march from Fort George and take the field to recreate the momentous battle where a gallant leader was lost and history was made. There will be battlefield tours and educational programs at Queenston Heights Park all day Friday with evening fireworks showering the Niagara River from the American encampments in Lewiston. Saturday welcomes the major battle reenactment and commemorative service at Brock’s Monument with tours, period merchants, a lacrosse display match, music, and gala dinner at Queenston Heights. Fireworks will cap the off the day on the Heights as Brock’s body is solemnly led from the battlefield. On Sunday activities shift to Niagara-on-the-Lake where Brock’s funeral procession will move through the Town and his burial at Fort George will be recreated. Activities will also be ongoing all weekend in the Town of Lewiston, NY. This event is a joint endeavour through the efforts of the Niagara Parks Commission, Parks Canada, the Friends of Fort George, the Queenston Residents Association, and the Historical Association of Lewiston.”