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Early in the War of 1812, it became apparent that the existing militia system was woefully inadequate for the defense of Upper Canada. To rectify this situation, the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada passed an Act creating the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada. Volunteers from throughout the Province were to be formed into Battalions, and to serve for the duration of the war. The men received...
The Siege of Fort Erie, August 5-7th, 2016
The Siege of Fort Erie is always one of the Incorporated Militia's favourite events! This year was no exception. The fort staff always know how to make us all feel welcome and appreciated. Some pictures from The Siege can be found at:
Our own Jessica Servos headed to the moat in front of the terra plain for the Saturday night Siege and got great pictures of the redcoats – including us – storming the walls and climbing the ladders before the powder magazine exploded wiping everyone out! Well done Jessica. Jessica’s pictures can be found at:
By the way, it isn't every event where the CO "dies" - gloriously I might add - in every battle! Our IMAC gun crew could be seen working both sides of the siege!
Wasaga Under Siege 2016, Aug 13-14th
Once again Wasaga Under Siege 2016 can be classified as a Fensible Weekend Success! This year's siege also included a group entry into the Wasaga Beach 5 K Foam Fest! "Worsley's Warriors 1812 Style" headed out at 8:45 on a wet, foamy, sandy, 5k inflatable obstacle course! Meanwhile, back in camp, IMUC, IMAC, representatives of 3 different companies of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, artisans, sutlers and period buskers informed and entertained the attending visitors on Nancy Island. The Friends of Nancy Island under the guidance of Dave Brunelle, pulled it off once again! Thanks Dave.
Some pictures from the event can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/10209916@N05/albums/72157671307999880
At the same time as as Wasaga Under Siege on Nancy Island, the town of Wasaga Beach was hosting a 5 km “Foam Fest” just across the road and on the beach. A team of 40 members representing “Worsley’s Warriors 1812 Style” participated on behalf of the re-enactors! They had a great time as they slipped, splashed, and slogged their way around the course!
Pictures from “Team Worsley” can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/10209916@N05/albums/72157672458696025
Walpole Island treaty Anniversary, August 20, 2016
A year ago we were asked to support one of our newer members at the Walpole Island Treaty Anniversary this weekend. We arrived on the island on Friday and set up camp. One of the local elders, Preston, arrived and started placing 12 saplings in a circle. Intrigued we went over to see if he needed a hand and ended up constructing a traditional wigwam from scratch under his guidance! A patch of corn was planted next to the new wigwam and this set the stage for a skirmish which was to be part of Saturday’s program. Once the skirmish had ended, our captain, as a representative of the Crown read the original treaty that promised the local people that they would never go hungry under the protection of the king. Gifts of loaves of bread and gun powder (cartridge candies) were distributed by the soldiers to everyone present. “No one would go hungry”! as promised ! The afternoon concluded with a catered roast pig dinner, shared by everyone who attended! A Long drive, super people, and a great experience for IMUC and our Campfollowers.
Some pictures can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/10209916@N05/albums/72157672639628216
Thanks Carol and Darlene for many of the pictures
Fanshawe Village – The Invasion of Upper Canada – August 20-21, 2016
The IMUC Cams have reported in from Fanshawe Village - The Invasion of Upper Canada! Joe and Erin Brunt's pictures with extra help from Jacquie Durham, John Stephens, Steve Zronik and Rolf Gollin are ready! Again The Royal Scots were great hosts and the weather cooperated for the most part! Fanshawe Village can be found very near London Ontario.
Our pictures can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/10209916@N05/albums/72157669874218034