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192   MILITARY HISTORY OF CANADA

was wounded and a prisoner; General Drummond received a severe wound, but would not quit the field while the action was indecisive.

After four hours of hard fighting and the failure of their last effort, the enemy, just before midnight, retired from the field, the darkness favouring their retreat back to Chippawa. Next morning, after destroying much of their stores, they retreated to Fort Erie, which place they reached on the afternoon of the 26th.

The loss of the British in the battle of Lundy's Lane was 878 killed and wounded, out of 3,000 engaged; that of the enemy, according to their own statement, 854, but General Drummond estimated it at 1,500; it was probably over 1,000.

Drummond now advanced to Fort Erie and began its siege. On August 11th, a party of British sailors, under Captain Dodds, R.N., captured the armed schooners Ohio and Somers, which were assisting in the defence of the fort, and on August 12th a sortie of the garrison was repulsed. On August 15th, a foolhardy attempt to carry the fort by storm cost the British 905 men. During the afternoon of September 17th, the garrison sallied from their works and attacked the British posts with overwhelming numbers. The advanced posts suffered severely on this occasion, and the enemy gained some advantage; but were eventually driven back with great loss. On September 21st, the British troops withdrew from before the fort, and retired upon Chippawa, Fort George, and Burlington Heights.

In October, the British having obtained the ascendancy on Lake Ontario by the launching of a large vessel, the St. Lawrence, of 100 guns, Sir James Yeo landed reinforcements and supplies for General Drummond at Fort George, and, on November 5th, the enemy, after evacuating and destroying Fort Erie, crossed to their own side of the river. The invasion of the Niagara Peninsula was at an end.

Let us now turn to the spot where the first blow was


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