Pierce was one of the more colorful and ingenious residents of Manchester.
He ran a log tavern at the intersection of Main and Portage Roads.
For weeks before the British arrived, he gathered some men and local
Indians together to “drill” and “parade”
near the river as a show of strength and numbers to the enemy across
the river. Using canes and broom sticks, the men created the illusion
they were armed and ready for an attack. That attack came on December
21, 1813. Pierce and four other men waited inside the tavern, armed
with muskets. When the British arrived, their force was too large
to overcome and Pierce and the others fled down the Portage Road.
The tavern was burned along with at least ten other buildings along
the Portage Road.