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short distance below the Falls of Niagara, when Brown made a furious assault upon his lines. Late into the night the battle raged. The high ground toward the river was the key of the

situation, and

charge after charge was made upon the British position there. Drum

mond, however,

resolutely held his ground, and the American army, though superior in numbers, finally withdrew from the field. This has been claimed as a drawn battle, but, as the Americans failed to gain the coveted British position and after the battle at once

withdrew into Fort   ``'^

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

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