Category: Battle of Beaverdams

  • Mary Secord: A Canadian Ballad of 1813 by Fidelis

    [Curator’s note: The Mary Secord referred to in this poem is actually Laura Secord. Fidelis was the pen name of Agnes Maule Machar. A later version of this poem can be found here.] The sweet June moonlight softly fell On meadow, wood, and stream Where, ‘neath the crags of Queenston Heights, The green waves darkly…

  • The Battle of Beaverdams by J. P. Merritt

    Our neighbours in a score of states, Being more or less united, Determined to come over here, Not especially invited. Having the job made up some how With Napoleon the Great, That he should make the Russian bow While they of Canada would make a state. Our ancestors a boon secured— The freedom of each…

  • A Ballad For Brave Women by Charles Mair

    A STORY worth telling, our annals afford, ’Tis the wonderful journey of Laura Secord! Her poor crippled spouse hobbled home ‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡With the news That Bœrstler was nigh ! “Not a minute to lose, Not an instant,” said Laura, “for stoppage or pause— I must hurry and warn our brave troops at Decaws.” “What ! you…

  • The Fredoniad; or Independence Preserved by Richard Emmons

    The full title of this epic poem is The Fredoniad; or, Independence Preserved. An Epic Poem on The Late War of 1812. This is a poem in 40 cantos covering the entire War of 1812. This page contains the table of contents of each of the 4 volumes, and links to the full text of this…

  • Laura Secord by Agnes Maule Machar

    During the so-called war of 1812-14 between England and the United States, Laura Secord, the wife of a crippled British veteran, saved the British forces from surprise and possible destruction by the heroic action narrated in the ballad. Her home lay near the celebrated Queenston Heights, a few miles from the Falls of Niagara. Softly…