Laura Secord (1775–1868) was a Canadian heroine of the War of 1812,
who undertook a 20-mile (32 km) walk out of American-occupied territory
to warn British forces of an impending American attack. Secord's husband
James was wounded at the Battle of Queenston Heights in 1812, and was
still recovering when the Americans invaded the Niagara Peninsula in
1813. During the occupation, Secord learned of a planned American
attack, and stole away on the morning of 23 June to inform Lieutenant
James FitzGibbon in the territory still controlled by the British. The
information helped the British and their Mohawk warrior allies repel the
invading Americans at the Battle of Beaver Dams. Her contribution to the
war was little known during her lifetime, but since her death she has
been frequently honoured by Canada. Honours bestowed on her include
schools and a chocolate company named after her, as well as monuments, a
museum, a memorial stamp, and a statue at the Valiants Memorial in the
Canadian capital. Her story has taken on mythological overtones in her
home country, with many embellished versions of the tale, and she is the
subject of books, poetry, and plays.
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