THIS WEEK in the War of 1812 (August 10-August 16, 1814)

August 11, 2014 at 12:37 am Leave a comment

Fort Erie.

warof1812battle_of_fort_erieebay-461x362

 August 12, 1814

As the British-Canadian force surrounding Fort Erie on the Canadian side of the Niagara River construct their siege lines and artillery emplacements, three U.S. schooners – the Ohio, Sommers and Porcupine – harass them with cannon fire.

But two of the American ships, the Ohio and Sommers, are captured by British boarding parties that sneak up in the dead of night. The crew of the Porcupine hears the commotion and cuts her anchoring lines, allowing the ship to drift out of harm’s way.

August 13, 1814

British begin bombardment of Fort Erie, once dilapidated but now repaired, thanks to the British delay in attacking since the battle of Lundy’s Lane in July. British Lieutenant General Gordon Drummond opens up with two light field guns and four heavier naval guns. Ten American soldiers are killed and 35 wounded by the cannonade.

August 15, 1814

After two days of shelling, the British launch a night attack in the pouring rain on Fort Erie with 2,100 men split into three columns attacking the American defenses in three different spots.

Except for one artillery unit, the Americans are far from surprised having stood at their posts through the night. The British are driven back after fierce fighting — including an artillery duel inside the fort– with heavy losses – 115 killed, 176 wounded and 315 missing. Many of those missing are believed to have been killed when a large powder magazine in one of the fort’s bastions explodes—killing scores of redcoats. The Americans lose 79 killed and 432 wounded (out of more than 2,000 troops in the garrison. Despite the losses, the siege continues.

War of 1812 re-enactors "repeat" the bastion magazine explosion at th siege of Fort Erie. (Photo by Canadian Military History Society)

War of 1812 re-enactors “repeat” the bastion magazine explosion at th siege of Fort Erie.
(Photo by Canadian Military Heritage Society)

 

Advertisements

Entry filed under: National Security and Defense, THIS WEEK in the War of 1812, Traditions, Weaponry and Equipment. Tags: , , , , .

FRIDAY FOTO Extra (August 8, 20104) AROUND AFRICA: Ebola Update, C.A.R. Stalemate

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Posts

August 2014
M T W T F S S
« Jul   Sep »
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

Categories


%d bloggers like this: