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Capture of Ogdensburg 1813, The

On the morning of February 22, 1813, Lieutenant-Colonel "Reg George" MacDonell of the Glengarry Light Infantry set out from Prescott with a force of some 480 regulars and militia to capture the strong United States post at Ogdensburg. The attack was made in retaliation for the recent American raid on Brockville and was contrary to the orders of the commander-in-chief, Sir George Prevost. Advancing across the ice, MacDonell’s force presented an easy target for the enemy artillery, but after a fierce battle of about two hours, the American garrison of some 500 men was routed and Ogdensburg fell.

Location

In the Public Utilities Park, at the foot of Sophia Street, Prescott

Region: Eastern Ontario

County/District: United Counties of Leeds and Grenville

Municipality: Town of Prescott

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