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United States
United States
victory;

* Stores seized and government depot burned

BELLIGERENTS

United States
United States
Upper Canada
Upper Canada

COMMANDERS AND LEADERS

Benjamin Forsyth Joel Stone

STRENGTH

About 200 regulars and militia About 40 militia

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* v * t * e

St. Lawrence/Lake Champlain frontier

* 1st Sacket\'s Harbor * Gananoque * 1st Lacolle Mills * Lake Ontario * Elizabethtown * Ogdensburg * York * 2nd Sacket\'s Harbor * Chateauguay * Crysler\'s Farm * 2nd Lacolle Mills * Fort Oswego * Big Sandy Creek * Plattsburgh

The RAID ON GANANOQUE was an action conducted by the U.S. Army
U.S. Army
on September 21, 1812 against Gananoque , Upper Canada
Upper Canada
. It resulted in the capture of stores and prisoners and the destruction of the storehouse.

On September 21, 1812, during the War of 1812
War of 1812
, a United States
United States
force of some 200 regulars and militia under Captain Benjamin Forsyth attacked Gananoque, Ontario
Gananoque, Ontario
. The village was an important forwarding point for supplies moving up the St. Lawrence River
St. Lawrence River
from Montreal
Montreal
to Kingston and was garrisoned by a detachment of the 2nd Leeds Militia under Colonel Joel Stone . After a spirited resistance, Colonel Stone withdrew his force comprising two subalterns and about forty soldiers, and the Americans seized the stores and burned the government depot. As a result of this raid, a blockhouse was begun in Gananoque the following month and completed in 1813. — RAID ON GANANOQUE plaque

Forsyth led a force of approximately 100 regulars and militia in boats from Ogdensburg, New York to Gananoque, arriving on September 21, 1813. The Americans surprised the 2nd Regiment of the Leeds militia. A large portion of the Leeds militia retreated under American fire. The remainder, under the command of Captain Joshua Adams of Glen Tay, at the storehouse, numbering fewer than Forsyth's troops, were forced to surrender the government stores, including arms, ammunition and food.

NOTES

* ^ "Ontario's Historical Plaques" * ^ Elting p. 52 * ^ "Graveside Project"

REFERENCES

* "Ontario\'s Historical Plaques". Ontario's Historical Plaques at ontarioplaques.com. Retrieved 5 October 2014. * Elting, John R. Amateurs to Arms! A Military History of the War of 1812 (1st ed.). Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. ISBN 0-945575-08-4 . * "Graveside Project". Graveside Project War of 1812. Retrieved 5 October 2014.

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