Crash, boom, bang! War of 1812 vis­its 2016

The Glengarry News - - News - BY MAR­GARET CALDBICK

Time turned back­wards to the War of 1812 over the week­end when lo­cal mili­ti­a­men backed by green-tu­nicked Glen­garry Light In­fantry, Bri­tish Reg­u­lar Forces, and a lone na­tive ally, routed a rag­tag Amer­i­can force on a gun­pow­der smoke en­gulfed bat­tle­field at the Glen­garry Pioneer Mu­seum in Dun­ve­gan.

Ear-pierc­ing ar­tillery fire and the boom of the can­nons sounded both days at the 7th an­nual Bat­tle of Glen­garry with over 140 re-en­ac­tors ar­riv­ing from as far away as In­di­ana to recre­ate the 1812-1814 con­flict and en­camp­ment.

Large crowds lined the bat­tle­ground dur­ing the skir­mishes, and there were so many other things to see and do at the mil­i­tary and civil­ian camp that vis­i­tors needed an itin­er­ary not to miss any­thing.

There were swords­man­ship de­mos, horse­back charges with mem­bers of the 19th Light Dra­goons Cavalry, English coun­try danc­ing and fash­ion shows, a gory 1812 field hos­pi­tal, a fancy high tea both days with his­toric pas­tries and cakes on del­i­cate china, and spe­cial thrills for the younger vis­i­tors with or­ga­nized ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing noo­dle sword com­bat. Close to 600 adult vis­i­tors and scores of chil­dren at­tended the event. They got to ex­plore an au­then­tic-look­ing camp with dozens of tents where 1812 trades­peo­ple, crafts­peo­ple and ar­ti­sans in­clud­ing black­smiths, a sword­smith who makes au­then­tic hand-crafted swords, a sil­hou­ette artist, camp cooks at their steam­ing caul­drons, and other his­tor­i­cal per­son­ages, brought colour and ac­tion to the scene.

Or­ga­niz­ing chair Jim Mullin, who is cap­tain of the Glen­garry Light In­fantry Fen­ci­bles, ex­pressed how happy ev­ery­one was for the su­perb weather.

“It’s been a great event with pos­i­tive re­ac­tion from vis­i­tors and from the reen­ac­tors, a good many of whom say this is their favourite event of the sea­son,” said Mr. Mullin.

On site were a num­ber of young men and women in Glen­garry Light In­fantry uni­forms who Mr. Mullin ex­plained were lo­cal SD&G High­landers and cadet corps mem­bers.

“The Glen­garry Light In­fantry Fen­ci­bles have con­nected with these young peo­ple to of­fer train­ing and men­tor­ing to get the next gen­er­a­tion in­volved in the com­mu­nity her­itage and liv­ing his­tory cadet pro­gram.”

MAR­GARET CALDBICK PHOTO

IMAGES FROM THE WAR OF 1812: At left, vet­eran re-en­ac­tor Dan Wil­liams of the 19th Light Dra­goons Cal­vary was the siege week­end's bat­tle an­nouncer, shout­ing out the play-by-play com­men­tary to the crowd lin­ing the bat­tle­field. At right, James Nel­son,...

MAR­GARET CALDBICK PHOTO

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