Poems of the War of 1812 in Niagara

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With any war
There is a great need for diversion
For bells and concerts
For good conversation
And enduring poetry

Stan Skrzeszewski,
“Contemporary Poems From Another Era”

The War of 1812 between the United States of America and Great Britain and its colony of Canada began on June 18, 1812, and was ended by the Treaty of Ghent, December 24, 1814. However, the last battle in North America was fought on February 11, 1815 at  Fort Bowyer, Alabama.  The war had a significant effect on the Niagara Region on both sides of the border, with significant battles taking place in Beaverdams,  Chippawa, Fort Erie, Fort George, Lundy’s Lane, and Queenston Heights, and skirmishes, raids, and clashes taking place all along the Niagara River and its environs.

A number of poems describe the battles, the commemorative services, and the battlegrounds after the war.  These are listed in the Author and Title Search pages, but have been gathered here, under the name of the battle, for ease of access.

Battle of Beaverdams

Beam, Betty J.   A Cow and Ice Cream (children’s poem)
Blewett, Joan.   Laura Secord
Curzon, Sarah Anne   Visit of the Prince of Wales to Laura Secord
A Traveller.  Glen Albert Near DeCew Falls
Wilkinson, Lieut.-Col. J. R.  Laura Secord; or, The Battle of Beaverdams

Battle of Lundy’s Lane*

Anonymous   The Battle of Bridgewater
Burwell, Adam Hood (Erieus) The Battle of Lundy’s Lane
Carnochan, Janet.  Battle of Lundy’s Lane, 25th July, 1814
Erieus (Burwell, Adam Hood) The Battle of Lundy’s Lane
Erieus (Burwell, Adam Hood) Journal of a Day’s Journey in Upper Canada in October, 1816 (section beginning But yonder is that bloody field)
Fuller, Ada Elizabeth.  Lines Written in Drummond Hill Cemetery
Jones, Charles L.S.  The Hero of Bridgewater
Kirby, William.  Sonnet Read at the Unveiling of the Lundys Lane Monument, 25th July, 1895
Liston, James K. Niagara Falls: A Poem in Three Cantos
Logan, John Daniel  Drummond: Indomitable Soldier
Miller, Edward W.  On the Erection of a Monument On the Battlefield of Lundy’s Lane
Moberly, T. E.  Lundy’s Lane — 1814-1914 (July 25)
Neal, John. The Battle of Niagara
O’Regan, Myles. The Battle of Lundy’s Lane
Scott, Duncan Campbell.  The Battle of Lundy’s Lane
Stark, Caleb.  The Battle of Lundy’s Lane
Tucker, James Alexander.  Lundy’s Lane
Wilkinson, Lieut.-Col. J. R.  The Battle of Lundy’s Lane

Battle of Queenston Heights

Banker, William, Jr.  The Battle of Queenstown (October 13, 1812)
Beam, Betty J.  Brock’s Monument  (children’s poem)
Burwell, Adam Hood (Erieus).  The Death of Brock
Erieus (Burwell, Adam Hood).  The Death of Brock
Grol, Lini.  Fondly Remembered Old Queenston
Logan, John Daniel.  Brock: Valiant Leader
Murphy, A. J.  Ode to a Bytown Youth
Rogers, Stan.  MacDonnell on the Heights
A Soldier.  Poem to Commemorate the Battle of Queenston Heights
Wilkinson, Lieut.-Col. J. R.  The Battle of Queenston Heights

Multiple Locations

Lee, John B.  The River None Believe
Skrzeszewski, Stan. Monuments
Skrzeszewski, Stan.  To the Year 1812

Siege of Fort Erie (including the Attack on Snake Hill)

Harper, J. M.  The Siege of Fort Erie
Skrzeszewski, Stan. Monuments
Skrzeszewski, Stan. Snake Hill

*The Battle of Lundy’s Lane was also known as the Battle of Bridgewater, The Battle of Niagara, and the Battle of Niagara Falls.

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