On October 13, 1812, American soldiers launched a pre-emptive attack by crossing the Niagara River from Lewiston, New York. Their goal was to overpower British regulars stationed at Queenston Heights in Canada. The strategy was a disaster. Although the Americans outnumbered their enemy nearly three to one (3,550 to 1,300), they suffered a bloody defeat. Among the handful of British to die was Major General Isaac Brock. The hero is buried below this 184 foot limestone monument. Also located within Queenston Heights Park is the remnants of Fort Drummond. The redoubt was built by the British in 1814. The United States Army briefly occupied the fort during the Battle of Chippawa.