Secord, Laura (Ingersoll)(sē`kôrd), 1775–1868, Canadian heroine of the War of 1812. Born in Massachusetts, she was taken by her parents to Canada after the American Revolution. In 1813 she learned from U.S. troops billeted in her house at Queenston of a planned surprise attack on the British at Beaver Dams on the Niagara frontier. She made her way through the American lines and gave warning to James FitzgibbonFitzgibbon, James,
1780–1863, Canadian soldier, b. Ireland. As an officer in the War of 1812, he distinguished himself in the battle of Beaver Dams (1813) on the Niagara frontier.
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See biography by W. S. Wallace (1932).