13 October 1812
battle straddled the banks of the Niagara River at Queenston
as an American force invaded Canada.
Americans, under General Stephen
van Rensselaer, had more than 3000 men - two thirds
of which were militia.
defending British were led by General
Sir Isaac Brock and only numbered 1000 men.
tactical situation swung markedly in Brock's favour, however,
when the American regular soldiers crossed the river and
found themselves in trouble on two fronts.
they were tied down by accurate defensive fire and then
their erstwhile militia comrades refused to leave American
took advantage of the situation and smashed the isolated
Americans, whose countrymen watched from across the river.
British lost 14 killed, including Brock, and 96 casualities,
while the Americans suffered 250 killed and 700 men taken