Crash, boom, bang! War of 1812 visits 2016
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.”
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