1812 History
Letter from James Fortier, Port Colborne Light Keeper, to the Honourable Jean Chabot- 1854
Description
Sponsors
1812 History
Department of Canadian Heritage This item is a part of the 1812 History digitization project. This project was made possible with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Strategy.
Creators
James Fortier, Correspondent
Honourable Jean Chabot
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
A transcription of a letter written by James Fortier, the Port Colborne Lighthouse keeper, to the Honourable Jean Chabot regarding a salary adjustment. The original letter is currently unavailable.

In the letter, Fortier discusses his participation in the War of 1812. He states his involvement at the Battle of Fort Detroit under Major General Sir Isaac Brock and that he was also in charge of a gun boat on Lake Erie that captured the American vessel "Commencement". In September 1813, Fortier was severely wounded by a rifle ball to the head and was taken prisoner for 12 months by enemy forces.

Following the war, Fortier became the 2nd Lighthouse keeper in Port Colborne from 1849 to 1865.
Date of Original
9 May 1854
Subject(s)
Local identifier
978.162.2
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.8871591382889 Longitude: -79.2402648925781
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Image courtesy of the Port Colborne Historical & Marine Museum
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Letter from James Fortier, Port Colborne Light Keeper, to the Honourable Jean Chabot- 1854


A transcription of a letter written by James Fortier, the Port Colborne Lighthouse keeper, to the Honourable Jean Chabot regarding a salary adjustment. The original letter is currently unavailable.

In the letter, Fortier discusses his participation in the War of 1812. He states his involvement at the Battle of Fort Detroit under Major General Sir Isaac Brock and that he was also in charge of a gun boat on Lake Erie that captured the American vessel "Commencement". In September 1813, Fortier was severely wounded by a rifle ball to the head and was taken prisoner for 12 months by enemy forces.

Following the war, Fortier became the 2nd Lighthouse keeper in Port Colborne from 1849 to 1865.