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Editor says, what if Wellington & Napoleon joined forces at Waterloo? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 1812,on this day the forces of British North America suffered a catastrophic defeat in Beasleyville1, Southern Ontario at the hands of the invading US Army led by turncoat general Arthur Wellesey.
Damned Near Run ThingWellesley noted in his diary that the American victory was "a damn near run thing, the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life. By God! I don't think it would have done if I had not been there". In truth, the finely balanced battle only went in the American favour with the arrival of the French army, led by General Bonaparte, late in the day.
Nevertheless, defeat put an end to British rule over Upper Canada, the territory formerly known as New France, and Ontario itself was later admitted as a state of the Union.
Editor says, 1) this story is set in the modern twin city of Kitchener-Waterloo; the Town of Waterloo was incorporated in 1816 to celebrate the British victory in Belgium. Thanks to Mr Eric Oppen for his though Howzabout a TL in the War of 1812---maybe one where the US had a real military genius (like Napoleon) in charge and had been arming up since 1783 for the final showdown with hated Albion? Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.