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Secord, Laura (nee Ingersoll)

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Born: 1775 AD
Died: 1868 AD, at 93 years of age.

Nationality: Canadian
Categories: Commoner

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1775 - Laura Ingersoll was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts on September 13th.

1812 - Laura Ingersoll Secord is considered by many to be the heroine of the War. The ability of the Canadian forces to defeat the American troops at the battle of Beaverdams has been attributed to Laura Secord’s bravery and determination.

1813 - On June 21st, the Secords were ordered to provide shelter to some American Soldiers.

         - A woman alone near enemy lines risked being arrested or even being shot, as the traditional punishment for spies was death by firing squad. The temperatures were exceptionally hot, but Laura persevered and hiked through thick woods, across streams and through swampy grounds. Her journey, a 20-mile route, took her more than 18 hours.

         - As a result, the forces ambushed the invading Americans and defeated them at the Battle of Beaverdams, June 24th.

1860 - Laura received recognition of her act during a visit by Edward, Prince of Wales.

1868 - She died on October 17th at the age of 93 and is buried in Drummond Hill Cemetery.

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