We are thrilled to take part in the festivities celebrating the capture of Fort Niagara. It’s always a joyous occasion when we can come together as a community to celebrate our shared history and the sacrifices made by those who fought for us.
As we come upon this significant moment in our collective history, it is important that we take the time to both celebrate and reflect. In the spirit of gratitude and giving back, we will also be raising funds to support veterans who are experiencing hearing loss. This is just one small way we can show our appreciation for the sacrifices they have made in service to our country.
What Was Fort Niagara?
Fort Niagara was an important American post near the outlet of the Niagara River into Lake Ontario. During the early days of the war, it was involved in several exchanges of artillery fire against the British at Fort George on the other side of the river.
How Did We Capture Fort Niagara?
In 1813, during the War of 1812 between the United Kingdom and the United States, the American garrison at Fort Niagara was captured in a surprise night assault by a select force of British regular infantry.
What Was the Aftermath of the Capture of Fort Niagara?
During the attack on Fort Niagara, around 20 Americans managed to escape amidst the chaos. On the American side, 65 were killed, 16 were injured, and 344 were taken captive. On the British side, six fatalities and five injuries were reported. The attackers were able to seize a significant amount of supplies, including 4000 stands of arms. As a result of the attack, a number of Canadian and First Nation prisoners were also set free.
Throughout the rest of the War of 1812, Fort Niagara remained under British control. After the war was settled by the Treaty of Ghent in 1814, which restored the prewar status quo. Britain returned the fort to the United States in 1815. From then on, it was used as a peaceful border post. During World Wars I and II, Old Fort Niagara was utilized as a barracks and training station for American soldiers. The last United States Army units were removed from the fort in 1963
Our fundraising efforts will involve organising a raffle, wherein we will be offering a variety of items and vouchers. These generous contributions have been donated by various businesses throughout the UK. We are extremely grateful for their support in helping us reach our fundraising goals.
It is our great pleasure to express our enthusiasm towards the upcoming December event, which is set to feature a delightful celebratory dinner. We are equally excited by the prospect of interacting with numerous heroic veterans, who will undoubtedly grace the occasion with their presence. Our hearts are filled with joy at the thought of being part of this remarkable gathering.