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Letter While the fiercest battles in Upper Canada took place in the Niagara Peninsula, Kingston and the St. Lawrence region was not spared battles, raids and alarms.

The St. Lawrence River was the key to holding or capturing Upper Canada. All supplies moved up the river to the posts at Kingston and beyond. To cut this line would have resulted sooner or later in the fall of the province.

Map of the St. Lawrence area


Chronology of the War in the Kingston & St. Lawrence Region

1812
  • September 21, Americans raid Gananoque destroy military depot
 
1813
  • February 22, Lieutenant-Colonel George Macdonnel raids Ogdensburg, New York
  • May 29, British raid on Sackets Harbor (Lake Ontario); fail to destroy American naval base
  • November 11, Battle of Chrysler's Farm, U.S. forces repulsed, American army retreats after word of the defeat at Châteauguay in Lower Canada

 
1814
  • May 6, British capture Oswego, New York, destroy depot

 
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