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Campbell's Raid 1814

Campbell's Raid 1814

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted October, 2010

Campbell's Raid 1814

Plaque Location

The County of Norfolk
In Port Dover, in a small park on the southeast corner of
Main Street and Prospect Street (Queen Street)

Coordinates: N 42 47.778 W 80 13.036


Plaque Text

On May 14, 1814, about 800 American regulars and militia under Lieutenant-Colonel John Campbell disembarked nearby at the mouth of the Lynn River. The following day, meeting no opposition, they burnt the settlements of Dover and Ryerse's Mills and ravaged the surrounding countryside. Private dwellings were destroyed and livestock slaughtered. Campbell claimed that he acted in retaliation for similar raids against Buffalo and other points on the Niagara frontier by troops under British command. A Court of Inquiry instituted by the United States army subsequently condemned his destruction of private homes.


War of 1812

Port Dover Plaques

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> Posted July 30, 2012
Thank you, I live here in Port Dover, and did not realize that the plaque was there, at the head of Main St.

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