Raid on Elizabethtown

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Raid on Elizabethtown
Part of War of 1812
Date February 7, 1813
Location Elizabethtown, Upper Canada
Result American victory
United Kingdom United Kingdom United States United States
Commanders and leaders
United Kingdom Unknown United States Benjamin Forsyth
Unknown 200 regulars and volunteers
Casualties and losses
1 wounded
American prisoners freed
52 British prisoners
1 wounded

The Raid on Elizabethtown occurred on February 7, 1813, when Benjamin Forsyth and 200 regulars and volunteers crossed the frozen St. Lawrence River to occupy Elizabethtown, seize military and public stores, free American prisoners and capture British military prisoners.[1]


On February 4, 1813, a British detachment from Prescott, Ontario crossed the St. Lawrence River on the ice and took a few prisoners in Ogdensburg, New York. Two days later, Benjamin Forsyth, a major in the United States Rifle Regiment, left Ogdensburg at 22:00 hours at the head of about 200 regulars and volunteers. He marched to Morristown, New York, twelve miles (19 km) up the river, crossed over at 1:00 hours and took Elizabethtown by surprise. He freed the American prisoners from the Elizabethtown jail and took 52 British prisoners at a cost of one man wounded on each side and a 28-mile (45 km) march in the bitter cold. His performance convinced the British commanders that Ogdensburg had to be neutralized.[2]


  1. ^ Mahon, J. (1972). The War of 1812 {Pg. 140}. Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0-306-80429-8
  2. ^ Parks Canada - The War of 1812

Coordinates: 44°36′00″N 75°40′41″W / 44.600°N 75.678°W / 44.600; -75.678