Erie, the victory LUNDY'S LANE MONUMENT.
must clearly be
conceded to our troops. Considering the number engaged, the carnage had been frightful.
The Invaders Retire.—Drummond at once laid siege to Fort Erie. In an attempt (August 15th) to carry the place by storm, an exploding magazine committed frightful havoc upon one attacking column. Its leader, Colonel Drummond, brother of the General, was killed, and the assault failed. A month later (September 17th) a sortie in force was repulsed with some difficulty, and Drummond decided to raise the siege. He withdrew his forces to Queenston Heights, hoping to draw out the American general to battle in the open. Brown, however, declined further combat, evacuated Fort Erie, and withdrew to the American side.
Peace of Ghent.—The year 1814 had completely turned