Life-size figures of an 89th Regiment of Foot Sergeant and a Canadian Voltiguer. Created by MilitaryHeritage.com, these figures are part
of the permanent exhibit at the Battle of Crysler's Farm Visitor Centre (part of Upper Canada Village near Morrisburg, Ontario) Photo: R. Henderson



 


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Articles

The Myth of the Myth: Canadian Participation in the War of 1812
by Robert Henderson
A shameful injustice has been done to Canadians who fought in 1812.  This article rights the wrong with engaging stories and eye-popping statistics of Canadians under fire. Published in the Dorchester Review. 

The Battle of the Chateauguay and the Canadian Fencible Light Company
by Robert Henderson
Much has been written about the De Salaberry and his men, except the Light Company of the Canadian Fencible Regiment (today perpetuated by the Royal 22e Regiment).  This article helps fill this information gap.

1812 and the Fathers of Confederation
by C.P. Champion
The numerous links between the War of 1812 and the fathers of Canadian Confederation in 1867 are uncovered for the first time in this well-researched Dorchester Review article.

The American Attack at Frenchtown on the River Raisin, January 18, 1813
by Robert Henderson
The dramatic running battle fought by the Essex Militia and natives defending their post has been forgotten by most. Hopefully this article changes that unfortunate fact.

The First American Invasion of Quebec in the War of 1812
by Robert Henderson
The last effort to invade Canada in the year 1812 was launched by American forces in November and only a small band of Canadians and Mohawk warriors stood in their way.   

Drink Up! Alcohol and the British Soldier in the Canadas during the War of 1812
by Gareth Newfield
An interesting study of rum rations, regulations, and the rowdy soldier.

Full of Confidence" The Dramatic American Attack on Kingston Harbour in 1812
by Robert Henderson
In November 1812 U.S. Commodore Chauncey took his fleet out on Lake Ontario looking for a fight.  What happened would have ramifications on the rest of the war. 

Incredible Selection of Muskets and More

The Siege of Fort Erie
by Frederick Carsted
 
U.S. forces successfully defend their foothold on the Niagara Peninsula and inflict heavy casualties on the British Army at Fort Erie in 1814.

"Marching on its Stomach" Army Diet and Messing Arrangements in Canada, 1812
by Robert Henderson
An extensively documented analysis of the diet of the soldier.

A Serious and Alarming Mutiny: the Michigan Fencibles at Fort McKay 1814  by Peter Monahan  
An interesting event at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin after the British capture of that territory.

Patriots or Traitors? The Leaking of Secret U.S. War Plans to the British in 1812
by Robert Henderson
Shocking revelations from a U.S. war-hero-turned-British-spy implicating Federalist politicians opposed to the war as his accomplices.

The Battle of North Point
by John Pezzola
 
A key turning point in the Chesapeake campaign, U.S. forces inflict heavy casualties on the British, forcing them to abandon their hopes of capturing Baltimore.


Mohawk (Kanien'kehá:ka) Warrior, 1812. The head was cast from a member of the Six Nations
 of the Grand River.  This Life-like figure was created by Militaryheritage.com and can be seen
 at the Battle of Crysler's Farm Visitor Centre.  Photo: R. Henderson

Artefact Corner

Royal Artillery Gunner's Sword of the War of 1812 
There has been confusion in the past on how the Royal Artillery were armed and accoutred in the war.  This historical description helps to clear up this matter. (it also promotes a reproduction of it).

American Eagle Head Officer's Sword, 1812
One of the many variations of the Eagle Headed swords used in the American army and navy during the War of 1812. (Page also promotes a reproduction of it).

French Patterns of Swords used by the U.S. Navy and Army, 1812
Oliver Perry's French pattern sword is illustrated here along with its use by others in the War of 1812. (Page also promotes a reproduction of it).

Brief Notes on a British 1804 Pattern Cartridge Box in Canada
by Craig Williams
 
The author captures the challenges of identifying, and acquiring artefacts from the War of 1812 and then piecing together the provenance of that item.

Book Review

A Most Warlike Appearance: Uniforms, Flags and Equipment of the United States in the War of 1812 by René Chartrand  
It is back and is much improved!  After two decades of being sold out, this important resource has been updated and re-published.  Hopefully it will not sell out as quickly as in 1992.

Excerpt from "Desperate Bravery" The Last Invasion of Quebec, 1814
by Robert Henderson
 

Video Documentaries

Dramatic "The Fight For Canada" 1812 Commerical

Staff of our sister site MilitaryHeritage.com provided ALL the historical elements of this production, along with training and production design advising. See also Heritage Film Services

 "The War of 1812" from Canada: A People's History

Staff of the MilitaryHeritage.com were Historic Re-creation Directors for this production including battle choreography, location scouting, providing special skills extras, training, props, weapons, costumes, etc. 

Opinion

Volunteer or Hired Gun: Should Re-enactors Accept Payment for Attending Bicentennial Events?
Money is often a thorny issue and the War of 1812 bicentennial is not exempt.  This article explores the pitfalls to turning a hobby into a job, and how funding entities should be careful.   

 

 
US Regiment of Infantry at the Battle of the Chateauguay (Parks Canada)  

 

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