This Week in History
The Invasion of Canada
|For the week of Monday July 9, 2012
On July 12, 1812, United States Brigadier General William Hull, commander of the American North Western Army, crossed the Detroit River and invaded Upper Canada with about 2,000 men. Landing in Sandwich (present-day Windsor, Ontario), his forces greatly outnumbered the British, Canadian, and First Nations defenders.
Despite success at Sandwich, General Hull lost the initiative to the British because of his tentative advance on Fort Amherstburg. Lieutenant-Colonel St. George consolidated his forces at the fort, placed a picket line of soldiers in a forward position at the bridge over the River Canard and awaited further action. He did not have long to wait. Four days later American scouts clashed with the soldiers at the bridge. Before long, General Hull’s forces retreated back across the river to Fort Detroit. He had heard that British reinforcements were on their way!
This year is the beginning of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. For more stories about the war, please read This Means War!, Victory at Fort Detroit!, and The British Lose Ground in the This Week in History archives. Commemorative events will take place at Fort Malden, and all across Canada! For more information on the commemoration of the War of 1812, read Commemorating the War of 1812 on the Parks Canada website.
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