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WAR WITH THE UNITED STATES.   183

up in an open space in the woods, uncertain whether to advance or retreat. Though he had only forty-seven men besides the Indians, I' itzGibbon boldly summoned the five hundred Americans to surrender, and in a panic they laid down their arms without striking a blow. Fortunately, reinforcements came before the prisoners discovered how greatly they out-numbered their captors.

Raids. During the

s u m m e r there was no important battle, but raids were made on both sides which caused much loss and suffering. York was again plundered. On the same day a British force was doing as much mischief as possible at Plattsburg.

On the The Ameri-Lakes. cans, intending to attack Mont-real, had begun to build hospitals, store-houses, a n d bar-racks for the soldiers on Lake Champlain, b u t British vessels

captured their ships and destroyed their buildings. This delayed the invasion of Lower Canada. British fleets had now blockaded the American seaports, and the government, instead of keeping their sailors idle on board the ocean vessels, sent them to man the lake boats. The American vessels on Lake Erie were cooped up by an

GRAVE OF LAURA SECORD AND MONUMENT.,
LUNDY'S LANE.

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