In May 1813, the Americans captured
Fort George and began their occupation of the Town of . At first, U.S. General Dearborn described the civilians of Newark Newark by reporting, “A large majority are friendly to the and fixed in their hatred to the Government of Great Britain.” United States
As the occupation continued, the civilians of
became discontent with their occupiers. U.S. Army officer Lieutenant Irvine described the attitude as, “The inhabitants hereabouts are almost altogether very inimical to the Yankees – the men would scalp them, and the women of Newark are loyal enough to eat their hearts and drink their blood. … I hope these villains will be put to death and their estates confiscated.” Newark
McClure justified his actions by stating he was depriving the British of winter quarters. However, his forces left several buildings and tents standing in
. In retaliation, the British crossed the river and captured Fort George Fort Niagara on December 19 before burning many communities along the American side of the Niagara.
This weekend you can join the communities of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Fort Erie and