OGDENSBURG -- Relatives of the British War of 1812 General Sir Roger Hale Sheaffe will visit Ogdensburg and Morristown Oct. 2 to get an American perspective on war the along the St. Lawrence River.
The Sheaffe family will be in Ontario to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Queenston Heights Oct. 13, 200 years to the day the battle was fought overlooking the Niagara River. General Sheaffe succeeded to command on the death of General Sir Isaac Brock, and with an army of British regulars, Canadian militia and Indian allies swept the American army from the heights they had captured earlier in the day.
"We are pleased the Sheaffe family will have time during their tour of the Ontario side of the St. Lawrence to cross over to New York," said Barbara O’Keefe, president of the Fort La Présentation Association. "This informal visit is an opportunity for the Sheaffes to experience the American point-of-view on Forsyth’s Raid on Brockville, the Battle of Ogdensburg and the War of 1812 in general."
"The whole family is excited about visiting New York," said Paul Sheaffe. "This trip will take us to some places Sir Roger must have seen while traveling in Upper Canada during the War of 1812, and places we have never been."
While in Eastern Ontario, the family’s itinerary includes Fort Henry in Kingston, Fort Wellington in Prescott, Upper Canada Village, the Battle of Crysler’s Farm Memorial and the Canadian War Museum. The Chambers of Commerce in Brockville and Prescott have low-key activities planned.
General Sheaffe’s regimental uniform, sword, pocket watch and other artifacts have been donated by the family to the Province of Ontario.
Paul Sheaffe is producing a documentary for Australian television on the family’s three-week stay.