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Laura (Ingersoll) Secord

Secord, Laura (Ingersoll) (sēˈkôrd) [key], 1775–1868, Canadian heroine of the War of 1812. Born in Massachusetts, she was taken by her parents to Canada after the American Revolution. In 1813 she learned from U.S. troops billeted in her house at Queenston of a planned surprise attack on the British at Beaver Dams on the Niagara frontier. She made her way through the American lines and gave warning to James Fitzgibbon at Beaver Dams.

See biography by W. S. Wallace (1932).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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