Laura Secord is now famous for her singular feat of bravery during the War of 1812, but did she warn the British and help defeat the American invaders as her legend says?
After dragging her injured husband off the battlefield during the War of 1812, Laura Secord (1775-1868) was forced to house American soldiers for financial support while she nursed him back to health. It was during this time that she overheard the American plan to ambush British troops at Beaver Dams. Through an outstanding act of perseverance and courage in 1813, Laura walked an astonishing 30 kilometers from her home to a British outpost to warn Lieutenant James FitzGibbon. Despite facing rough terrain, the ever-present danger of being caught by American troops, and rather delicate encounters with Native forces, Laura reached FitzGibbon just in time for the British to prepare and execute an ambush on American military nearby, forcing the U.S. general to surrender. Laura lived a very long time, dying at the age of 93. In her lifetime the government never formally recognized her singular feat of bravery, and much controversy still envelopes her legacy.
About the Author
Peggy Dymond Leavey's previous books include Sky Lake Summer, The Deep End Gang, and The Path Through the Trees, all of which were nominated for the Silver Birch Award. Recently, shepublished Growing Up Ivy and Mary Pickford. Peggy lives in Trenton, Ontario.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Child of the American Revolution
Chapter 2. Departure for Upper Canada
Chapter 3. James Secord, United Empire Loyalist
Chapter 4. Isaac Brock & the Battle of Queenston Heights
Chapter 5. The Spring of 1813
Chapter 6. The Green Tiger, Col. James Fitzgibbon
Chapter 7. The Walk to Beaver Dams
Chapter 8. Ambush in the Beech Woods
Chapter 9. Aftermath
Chapter 10. The Prince's Gift
Chapter 11. Ontario's Heroine