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==US planning==
 
==US planning==
 
On January 13, 1813, [[John Armstrong, Jr.]] was appointed [[United States Secretary of War]]. Having been a serving soldier, he quickly appreciated the situation on Lake Ontario, and devised a plan by which a force of 7,000 regular soldiers would be concentrated at Sackett's Harbor on April 1. Working together with Chauncey's squadron, this force would capture Kingston before the [[Saint Lawrence River]] thawed and substantial British reinforcements could arrive in Upper Canada. The capture of Kingston and the destruction of the [[Kingston Royal Naval Dockyard]] together with most of the vessels of the Provincial Marine, would make almost every British post west of Kingston vulnerable if not untenable.<ref>Hitsman, p. 136</ref> After Kingston was captured, the Americans would then capture the British positions at York and [[Fort George, Ontario|Fort George]], at the mouth of the [[Niagara River]].
 
On January 13, 1813, [[John Armstrong, Jr.]] was appointed [[United States Secretary of War]]. Having been a serving soldier, he quickly appreciated the situation on Lake Ontario, and devised a plan by which a force of 7,000 regular soldiers would be concentrated at Sackett's Harbor on April 1. Working together with Chauncey's squadron, this force would capture Kingston before the [[Saint Lawrence River]] thawed and substantial British reinforcements could arrive in Upper Canada. The capture of Kingston and the destruction of the [[Kingston Royal Naval Dockyard]] together with most of the vessels of the Provincial Marine, would make almost every British post west of Kingston vulnerable if not untenable.<ref>Hitsman, p. 136</ref> After Kingston was captured, the Americans would then capture the British positions at York and [[Fort George, Ontario|Fort George]], at the mouth of the [[Niagara River]].
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Armstrong conferred with Major General [[Henry Dearborn]], commander of the American ''Army of the North'', at [[Albany, New York]] during February. Both Dearborn and Chauncey agreed with Armstrong's plan at this point, but they subsequently had second thoughts. That month, Lieutenant General Sir [[George Prevost]], the British [[Governor General of Canada]], travelled up the frozen Saint Lawrence to visit Upper Canada. This visit was made necessary because Major General [[Roger Hale Sheaffe]], who had succeeded Brock as Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, was ill and unable to perform his various duties. Prevost was accompanied only by a few small detachments of reinforcements, which participated in the [[Battle of Ogdensburg]] en route. Nevertheless, both Chauncey and Dearborn believed that Prevost's arrival indicated an imminent attack on Sackett's Harbor, and reported that Kingston now had a garrison of 6,000 or more British regulars.
 
Armstrong conferred with Major General [[Henry Dearborn]], commander of the American ''Army of the North'', at [[Albany, New York]] during February. Both Dearborn and Chauncey agreed with Armstrong's plan at this point, but they subsequently had second thoughts. That month, Lieutenant General Sir [[George Prevost]], the British [[Governor General of Canada]], travelled up the frozen Saint Lawrence to visit Upper Canada. This visit was made necessary because Major General [[Roger Hale Sheaffe]], who had succeeded Brock as Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, was ill and unable to perform his various duties. Prevost was accompanied only by a few small detachments of reinforcements, which participated in the [[Battle of Ogdensburg]] en route. Nevertheless, both Chauncey and Dearborn believed that Prevost's arrival indicated an imminent attack on Sackett's Harbor, and reported that Kingston now had a garrison of 6,000 or more British regulars.
   
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