RE: [WarOf1812] re: 1812 dead link
- And from CTV News Toronto..
CTV.ca News Staff
Updated: Mon. May. 30 2005 11:29 AM ET
After nearly 200 years, the lives of 195 American soldiers who were captured
by the British during the War of 1812 will be remembered today in Halifax.
The men died while imprisoned on Melville Island. Most of them were buried
on nearby Deadman's Island in unmarked graves.
The land, which is actually a small peninsula of land, was almost sold to
condo developers five years ago but groups from Halifax and the U.S. helped
to halt the plans. The land is now owned and protected by the Halifax
Today, which is Memorial Day in the U.S., a special ceremony will be held on
the island to remember the men. The U.S. Consulate is expected to present an
American flag to the people of Halifax in exchange for a promise to preserve
the site and honour the memories of the soldiers.
Leonard Hill, the U.S. consul general in Halifax, says the U.S. Department
of Veterans Affairs will also unveil a bronze plaque honouring the dead. It
will be inscribed with the names of the captured Americans who are buried at
The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and Great Britain from
June 1812 to the spring of 1815 and ended in a stalemate. More than 8,000
American prisoners were held at the military detention camp on Melville
Island after being captured in sea battles off New England or in land
battles in Upper Canada, now Ontario.
Many of those who died in the prison succumbed to typhus, smallpox,
pneumonia and tuberculosis, according to British records.
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