Unsuccessful Invasion of Kingston

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The recruitment of American volunteers for the Patriot Army. Source: Syracuse Herald (November 26, 1899). 

By 1838, numerous secret societies of trained and armed Americans had formed with the intention of liberating Upper Canada from British rule. In February of that year, William Lyon Mackenzie began amassing food, arms and men at the mouth of French Creek (25 km east of Kingston) with the intention of invading Kingston. On February 22, under the direction of Van Rensselaer, Hickory Island (then, as now, within Canadian jurisdiction) was occupied by the force. The 300-500 Patriots were not, however, sufficient force to continue the invasion and not long after the occupation of the island, they withdrew.