Laura Secord

1775–1868
Civilization: British — Canada
   Field of Renown:  heroine — Matron
Era:  Foundation

Laura Secord
DRIVING A COW BEFORE HER, LAURA SECORD PASSED THE AMERICAN SENTRIES.
Laura Secord was a Canadian heroine who risked her life to warn British troops of an American ambush during the War of 1812. Legend has it that when American soldiers billeted at her home in Ontario, she overheard plans for a surprise attack on a local British fort. She drove a cow over twenty miles through enemy occupied territory in order to warn Lieutenant James Fitzgibbon at Beaver Dams.


Key events during the life of Laura Secord:


Year
Event
1775
Laura Ingersoll born in Massachusetts.
1795
Ingersoll family moves to Canada.
1797
Laura marries James Secord, a British loyalist.
1812
War of 1812 puts Canada and the United States on a war footing.
1813
American soldiers billet in Secord home. She learns of plans for an attack.
1813
Laura walks over 20 miles through, passing through American troops to warn the British.
1860
Recognized by Prince of Wales.
1868
Died in Canada.

Other Resources


Story Links
Book Links
Story of Laura Secord  in  Our Empire Story  by  H. E. Marshall


Image Links


Driving a cow before her, Laura Secord passed the American sentries.
 in Our Empire Story


Contemporary
Short Biography
James Secord Husband of Laura and soldier in the British army.
James Fitzgibbon British commander at Beaver Dams.