Raid on Gananoque

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Raid on Gananoque
Part of the War of 1812
Date September 21, 1812
Location Gananoque, Ontario
Result American victory;
  • Stores seized and government depot burned
Belligerents
United States United States United Kingdom United Kingdom
Commanders and leaders
United States Benjamin Forsyth United Kingdom Joel Stone
Strength
200 regulars and militia About 40 regulars

Text from the Raid on Gananoque plaque: "On September 21, 1812, during the War of 1812, a United States force of some 200 regulars and militia under Captain Benjamin Forsyth attacked Gananoque, Ontario. The village was an important forwarding point for supplies moving up the St. Lawrence River from 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."

The actual number of American riflemen was closer to 100. British and Canadian sources indicate that there were around 60 militia defending the outpost. Colonel Stone was absent at the time of the attack.[1]

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