One of the War of 1812’s Fiercest Battles Was Fought in the Waverly Woods Area – Now Targeted for Urban Development – Where Bodies of Soldiers May Still Be Buried In Unmarked Graves
A Message form Marcie Jacklin, a leading member of Community Voices of Fort Erie
Posted August 15th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
Tonight (this August 15th) I am thinking about the Siege of Fort Erie.
On Sunday August 15th it will be the 207th anniversary of when the British soldiers along with Swiss and others attempted an attack on the American soldiers who held Fort Erie at that time.
It was a three-prong attack and one of the columns led by Lieutenant Colonel Victor Fischer approached Towson’s Battery at Snake Hill during the night from the west marching through Waverly Woods/Erie Beach.
The men walked a long distance in the dark and rain and the troops had disarmed their guns so as to be silent on their approach. Unfortunately, the American knew they were coming, and the battle was horrific. Many lives were lost.
It has been alleged by many who gave personal testimonies in the past and present but wish to remain anonymous, that bodies have been kept secret or thrown into the garbage. There was an attempted cover-up of the discovery of 28 bodies which were exhumed with great respect in 1987, but only once the police were notified.
This was the bloodiest battle fought on Canadian soil in our history and has never been properly respected and the men who fought or fell in this battle have never been honoured.
There are many reasons why I suppose – the huge loss by General Drummond, the barrier to growth and development. However, in my heart I feel it is wrong not to acknowledge the sacrifice the soldiers made that day. Most other significant battles in Canadian history have been respected.
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