A portrait of Napolean Bonaparte. British forces were heavily engaged in the war in Europe with the Emperor Napolean, and could not deploy more forces in Canada to counter American attacks here.
Napolean at Waterloo. Statue in front of painting. These events that seemed so far away conspired against Elizabeth Benton and her family.
Lake Erie at Long Point in September. Elizabeth’s tranquil home would soon become a treacherous place.
Elizabeth’s world had been serene along the footpaths of the forests.
The world had been idyllic, so far, for the young woman.
For everyone in the Long Point Settlement, and the Canadas, forces of warfare were encroaching.
Huge trees proliferated in Upper Canada: like this Cottonwood.
Trees like this Sycamore, as well as Oak and Maple and White Pine, often made travel a gruelling task on land.
It would not be difficult for anyone to become disoriented in some of the dense undergrowth.
Most travel was done via waterways, in whatever form. Marshes like this and…
…rivers provided good travel.
Most of the travel and freight happened along the lake shores. They were major thoroughfares.
The Battle of Lake Erie on September of 1813 put an end to that. The Americans now controlled the lake and its traffic.
Elizabeth’s modest home was in grave danger.
Young women in 1812 had very limited options in peace time — let alone during a war.
Widows like Aunt Catherine had next to no rights. Many of them abandoned their homes. A few starved.
Elizabeth Benton had to find her father.
Commander James Benton was lost.
The Americans were coming. A real threat.
No one could foresee the web of deceit and treachery that would befall Elizabeth.
Marauders and traitors lurked everywhere. One could never really tell friend from foe.
Her new friend, Myles would not help her.
Everyone was going to the stronghold of Burlington Heights.
Not Elizabeth. With Robbie’s help, she would go in the still of night.
She would travel the trails to the fort at Amherstburg and find her father.
She needed no one’s help. She could succeed.
What could possibly happen?
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