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Battle of Mississinewa 2018
Our Expeditionary Force is back from Marion Indiana and the Battle of Mississinewa! Paul Andersen was able to get some pictures of the camp and the huge sutlers' encampment! There certainly was no lack of places to spend money and add to your camp kit!
Pictures c/o of Paul can be found here
Festival At Fort Willow 2018
Each year we are invited by the Friends of Fort Willow and the Township of Minising to participate in the Festival at Fort Willow. On Friday, 1000 mainly grade 7 students from all over Simcoe County were expected. 1154 showed up with accompanying teachers, volunteers and parents! The US 22nd,The Canadian Volunteers, The Crew of the Nancy, The crew of the Revenge The Royal Newfoundland Regiment, Our Loyal Native Allies, and a lone Glen and 89th joined IMUC, our Campfollowers, the sutlers and early crafts people giving a taste of early Canadian life. A pair of Royal Dragoons also mingled with the visiting classes.
Pictures from the Festival at Fort Willow can be found by clicking here.
Rebel Heartland, 1837, Newmarket
This past weekend we were in Newmarket Ontario portraying the Incorporated Militia in 1837! Despite being disbanded in 1815 after the War of 1812, The Incorporated Militia was recalled for the Rebellions. This week, The Lloydtown Patriots under the leadership of Samuel Lount and Jessie Lloyd were in town with William Lyon MacKenzie trying to organize/entice the citizens of Newmarket to join them on their march to Montgomery's Tavern. It did not go well for these early Canadian patriots.
The Nancy Gun Crew, The Royal Artillery, several good and loyal sutlers also added the Family Compact in unwisely defending The Crown against "the rebels"!
Photos from the well staged event can be found at: here
Battle of Backus Mill 2018
The Battle of Backus Mill continues to be a perennial favourite of the Incorporated Militia. The Village staff and the hosting Norfolk Militia always treat us well! This year we took on members of the Canadian Volunteers, the US 22nd and the US 19th. The Royal Scots, The 89th and a lone Glenny filled out the Redcoat line with us!
Brenda Lightfoot’s period dance workshop and calling at the evening barn dance was a hit again!
Some pictures from Backus Mill can be found here
Niijkiwenaanik Pane – Friends Forever
Walpole Island Pow Wow – July 21, 2018
At the Walpole First nations’ Pow Wow The Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada and the cannon crew of the Earl Of Moira attended to help commemorate the 1764 Treaty of Niagara and the 1796 St Anne island Treaty. The St Anne Island Treaty made the following promises to our Loyal Native Allies!
“You continue to be perfectly free and unmolested in your hunting grounds.
You are free to pass and re-pass freely undisturbed, to trade with whom you please.
This land shall remain yours forever and should any persons come to ask from you a part of these lands, turn from them with distrust and deny them their request.
God Save The King”
Pictures from the Pow Wow and treaty commemorations c/o Denise, Carol, Darlene and Jacquie can be found at : https://www.flickr.com/photos/10209916@N05/albums/72157696174555132
>>>Battle of Crysler's Farm, July 14 & 15, 2018>
Several from our Incorporated Militia Expeditionary Force Journeyed to The Battle of Crysler's Farm near Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg. Ontario. Their recognizance duties had them infiltrate the American Forces to bring back information about US plans and strength! We believe they had too good a time! Apparently what happens at Crysler's stays at Cryslers!!
Some pictures c/o Darlene Kingstone can be found at;
Canada Day 2018, At The Sharon Temple!
A little on the warm side!
On Saturday June 29, the Sharon Temple celebrated 100 years as a museum and on Sunday July 1st, Canada Day! The Lloydtown Guard (AKA The US 22nd) continued their cause of Freedom and Liberty of the 1837 Rebellions! IMUC cooperated by supplying the militia summoned by the Family Compact! Although the original Incorporated Militia were disbanded in 1815 after the war, they were recalled in 1837 to help the government of the day with the Rebellions. The “troubles” were over before they were able to serve. This Canada Day we helped to celebrate by recalling yet another important chapter in Canada’s history, on ground where some of it originally got started.
Pictures from the weekend can be found at; https://www.flickr.com/photos/10209916@N05/albums/72157670722817938
Wasaga Under Siege 2018
We were once again invited back by the Friends of Nancy Island to participate in their Wasaga Under Siege weekend. Members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, The Crown Forces Drums, The 49th, The Canadian Volunteers, The US 22nd and the Royal Artillery were also hosted on the island. Displays, demonstrations, the candy cannon, a mini militia, His Majesty’s Loyal Sutlers, as well as a series of musical performers made up a full schedule on Saturday and Sunday! As always we were very well taken care of by the Nancy Island staff and volunteers!
Some pictures can be found here:
Siege of Fort Erie, 2018
The annual Siege of Fort Erie is always one of the favourites for the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada and for the Incorporated Militia Artillery Company. This year was no exception as the fort staff and volunteers continued with the high degree of professionalism we have come to count on. It was a little warm, but dry canvas at the end of a weekend is worth it! The cicadas again were out in full force and provided lots of entertainment for our little ones!
Photos co of the IMUC/IMAC/Campfollower Cams can be found at:
Special thanks to Darlene Kingstone, Jacquie Durham and Deb Brown for many of the images.
Simcoe Day in Fenlon Falls!
The Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada was invited to participate in the Simcoe Day celebrations in Fenlon Falls Ontario. We set up camp on the island behind the falls between the channel to the lock and the river! It seems the entire town and all its visitors were on site for our three demonstrations and skirmishes! Our camp was open, and members of Our Artillery Company were there to explain the parts and workings of our howitzer! LOTS of people and LOTS of questions!
Some pictures from the Simcoe Day celebrations can be found at:
Being our COs home town, made us feel even more welcome!
Battle of Stoney Creek - 2018
Stoney Creek and great weather - what a perfect combination! The Battle of Stoney Creek is a perennial favourite for the members of IMUC, IMAC and the Campfollowers. The Incorporated Militia Artillery Company considers the Battlefield House Gun as their "baby"!
We would like to thank Sue Ramsey and the Battlefield House staff and volunteers for again treating us so royally!
The set of pictures we have so far, have been gleaned from various sources on line.
Photos c/o Bill Walker, Brenda Lightfoot, Jacquie Durham and our famous "Sophie-cam" can be found at; https://www.flickr.com/photos/10209916@N05/albums/72157667695489327
Minden Ontario's Library 1812 Outreach!
We were honoured to be invited by Ruth O'Connell of the Minden Library and Archives to participate in a special History Outreach for the Archie Stouffer Public School. All of the grade 1 to grade 6 classes participated in workshops hosted by our members. A Soldier's Equipment, Women's Work, English Country Dancing and Militia Drill were all very well received by the visiting students! Pictures of the "kids" big and small can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/10209916@N05/albums/72157694868545872
On Saturday members of IMUC, IMAC, The Campfollowers and a stray 89th will also interact with the parents and the rest of the Town of Minden!