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WAR WITH THE UNITED STATES.   i79

in an attack on Fort Gegrge. The British, under Colonel Vint, resisted doggedly, but were at last forced to leave the Niagara frontier in the possession of the enemy.

Attack on   While Chauncey and his fleet were at Fort

Sackett's   George, Prevost and Yeo attacked Sackett's

Harbour. Harbour, the great stronghold of the American navy on Lake Ontario. They succeeded in forcing a landing, and the Americans, thinking that all was lost, set fire to everything likely to be of use to the British. But to the disgust of his soldiers, Prevost suddenly ordered a retreat, and the Americans tried to put out the fires that they had kindled. The British leaders were blamed for bad management, but soon the hearts of the Canadians were cheered by better fortune.

Stoney   On the night of June 5th, a strong body

Creek. of Americans, on the way to attack Vincent in his camp on Burlington Heights, rested at Stoney Creek; but before dawn they were surprised by a small

British force under Colonell am. After a brief and

confused fight, over a hundred Americans, including two generals, were taken prisoners. The rest fled towards Fort George, and on the following clay many of them were captured by Sir James Yeo as they were trying to carry off some stores in fl if-bottomed boats.

A Naval   In this same month of June, 1813, there

Duel. was a remarkable duel between a British and an American ship. Since the disasters of the previous year, the British naval commanders had been very eager to regain their lost laurels. None was more eager than Captain Broke, of the Shannon, who, seeing the Chesapeake lying in Boston harbour, sent a challenge to her commander, Captain Lawrence, to come out and fight. Whether or not he received the note is uncertain, but the British captain had his wish. The Chesapeake, followed by a fleet of little vessels crowded with people


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