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LEONARD, Richard, Canadian soldier, born in England in 1780; died near Niagara, Upper Canada, 31 October, 1833. He entered the British army as an ensign in 1796, became a lieutenant in 1797, and after serving in Ireland during the rebellion of 1798, joined Sir Ralph Abercrombie in the Mediterranean. He served during the campaign of 1801 in Egypt, and in 1803 in New Brunswick, in April, 1813, he became deputy assistant adjutant-general, and was present at the attack on Sackett's Harbor, where he was wounded, he was on active service in the campaign of 1814, participated in the action at Lundy's Lane, was severely wounded in the assault on Fort Erie, and succeeded to the command after the death of Lieutenant-Colonel William Drummond (q. v.). He was afterward on military duty in Lower Canada, and subsequently retired to a property that he had purchased near the battle field of Lundy's Lane.
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