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James Keating c.1786-1849

James Keating c.1786-1849

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2004

James Keating c.1786-1849

Photo from Google Street View ©2015 Google - Posted February, 2015

Plaque Location

The County of Simcoe
The Town of Penetanguishene
In the paid admission area of Discovery Harbour at
93 Jury Drive on the left side at the
far end of the pathway behind a split rail fence


Coordinates: N 44 47.858 W 79 55.893

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Plaque Text

A sergeant in the Royal Artillery, Irish-born James Keating served with distinction during the War of 1812. His skilful handling of a British field gun forced the Americans to surrender Fort Shelby on the upper Mississippi in July 1814. Two months later, his well-aimed firing of the same artillery piece routed advancing troops down-river at Rock Island Rapids. For his actions, Keating was promoted lieutenant. At the war's end, he was appointed fort adjutant at St. Joseph's Island, a position he continued to hold when the garrison was moved here in 1828. A model soldier and citizen, Keating was a prominent figure in community life at Penetanguishene.


Another plaque at this location
Henry Wolsey Bayfield 1795-1885

Related Ontario plaque
Fort St. Joseph

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