History of the Battle of Queenston Heights

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Battle of Queenston Heights Introduction The War of 1812 is among the most "obscure" wars in American history, according to journalist Donald Hickey, writing in the Public Broadcast Service. That is because most Americans have no idea what the fighting was about or who the U.S. was battling against. The lack of familiarity with the War of 1812 is likely true, Hickey explains, because the president at the time, James Madison, was "hardly" in the same league as Abraham Lincoln or Franklin Roosevelt. And there was no great general like Washington or Eisenhower to rally the American troops to victory. Moreover, the cause of this war is complex and not well understood. Meanwhile the reasons behind the War of 1812 involved "Free Trade and Sailor's Rights," which really relates to England's attempt to block American trading ships from Europe. It also pertains in history to the rude practice of the English of removing American seamen from U.S. merchant vessels. Hence, Hickey makes the point that in hindsight this war prosecuted by American troops invading Canada was fought (and lost) in an effort to secure maritime rights far, far away from the battlefield. The Battle of Queenston Heights in the War of 1812 When the war broke out in June of 1812, the American forces began preparing for the invasion of Canada but things did not go well at the outset. That is, by August, Brigadier General William Hull was forced to surrender Detroit to British Major General Isaac Brock (Hickman,

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