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Anniversary of War of 1812 – Battle of Buffalo

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It was on this date in 1813, during the War of 1812, that British forces scored a victory over the Americans at Buffalo.

The battle was a part of the Niagara Campaign which featured American forces invating British controlled Canada.

By December of 1813, British forces  where on the offensive on the New York shores of Lake Ontario and the Niagara River.  Following the capture of Fort Niagara in Niagara Country’s Youngstown, British forces continued south along the Niagara river to Buffalo.

The Battle of Buffalo was a decisive British victory with saw the small village of Buffalo sacked and burned.  The British also laid waste to the neighboring settlement of Black Rock, now a neighborhood in Buffalo.

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