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Mr. McWilliams
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Laura Secord An idol is a woman of memorable heroism or power, respected for her bravery and honorable qualities; Laura Secord clearly qualifies and exceeds this description. Her initiative, intelligence and physical strength have been inspiring people since her story became widely known and the affects her actions had on the war of 1812. Laura Ingersoll Secord deserves a place of honor in Canadian history because of her remarkable courage, fearlessness and gallant act which made an important impact on the outcome of the battle at Beaver Dams. Laura Ingersoll was born on September 13th 1775 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Laura never recognized the true meaning of a lighthearted childhood. At the age of eight her biological mother, Elizabeth Dewey, passed away leaving her to look after her three younger sisters. This was difficult seeing as her father, Thomas Ingersoll, was an American Officer and constantly beckoned for duty. Her father married twice and had numerous children for which Laura helped care for. In 1795 her father grew to dislike the American government and decided to move the entire family to Upper Canada. When Laura was eighteen the family moved to Bustling Port which was near the Niagara River. After Laura relocated she met a young man named James Secord who she eventually married in 1797 under the Church of England. They were a very wealthy family. By 1812, the Secord’s had five children and moved to Queenston. Laura did not pursue a career but James was a very successful merchant. Laura and James lived a life full of happiness. Early in the War of 1812, her husband James was a solider in the 1st Lincoln military that was injured in the battle of Queenston Heights and was rescued by Laura. The following summer, when Niagara peninsula was most vulnerable for the Americans, Laura overheard on June 21, 1813 that the Americans envisioned to surprise the British station at Beaver Dams and capture the officer in charge, Lieutenant James Fitzgibbon. The issue was Laura had to notify the Lieutenant as soon as possible. Since James Secord was wounded she decided to take the message to the lieutenant herself early next morning. The distance to the station outpost was about 20miles. At first she travelled to St. David’s where she was joined by her husband’s niece Elizabeth Secord. They decided to go to St. Catherine’s. Eventually Elizabeth became fatigued and Laura continued on her know. Laura traveled with fear that she would encounter American Guards. That evening Laura came across an Indian campsite, she was terrified that they might report her to the guards as trespasser. She explained the problem to the chief. The chief was very generous he volunteered to take Laura to see Fitzgibbon; she was able to meet him in two days. On June 24, 1813, the American force controlled by Colonel Charles Boerstler was ambuscaded near Beaver by 400 Indians who were commanded by Dominique Ducharme. Fitzgibbon Dams convinced Colonel Charles Boerstler to surrender 462 men. Moreover, victory was granted to the Canadians but unfortunately Laura Secord got no recognition. The Secords lived in poverty for almost 15 years. During the year of 1841 James Secord passed away leaving Laura without any assets. Laura tried her best to make her own money by running a school for children in her Chippawa cottage for a brief period and also asking the government for small pentiton-which was unsuccessful. However, Laura Secord was 85 years old before she got recognition for her heroic deed. While visiting Canada in 1860, Prince Edward VII gained knowledge of Laura’s 20 mile walk to save Canada. She had prepared a speech for the prince describing her war-time service, and Laure placed her signature among the War of 1812 veterans. After Prince Edward VII returned to England, he sent Laura Secord a reward of 100 pounds. She was entirely greatful but unfortunately Laure Secord died in 1868 at the age of 93, and was buried in Drummond Hill Cemetery. During 1860, Laura Secord was celebrated as the heroine in history, poetry and drama. Her success granted her two monuments dedicated in her honor: one at Lundy’s Lane in 1901, the other on Queenston Heights in 1910. Her portrait was hung in the parliament buildings at Toronto, and lastly a memorial hall was recognized in the Laura Secord School at Queenston. Furthermore, Laura had to travel long and far to reach her objective. She showed us the true meaning of sacrifice. Some may argue that Laura’s heroic deed meant nothing but she went on a courageous and bold journey to save Canada. The role models that occur today have accomplished many great things. But figures like Laura Secord of the past portray a bigger example. Laura lesson to all of us is if you truly believe in something, then you will accept hardships to protect others.
History In Our Hands. "Biography of Laura Secord." The Discrimination General: History In Our Hands. University Of Toronto, 2000. Web. 3 Oct. 2014. <http://www.warof1812.ca/laurasecord.htm>.
"Laura Secord Essay." Anti Essays. Anitessays.com, 2014. Web. 3 Oct. 2014. <http://www.antiessays.com/free-essays/Laura-Secord-3278.html>.
Bassett, John M. Laura Secord. 195 Allstate Parkway, Markham, Ontario: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2004. Web. 3 Oct. 2014.

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