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The War of 1812 at Fort George National Historic Site of Canada

This summer all along the east-coast of North America will be celebrations for the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. This lesser thought of war between the United States and Britain was over a number of diplomatic issues including trade restrictions placed on the United States due to Britain’s war with France. Britain also supported the American Indian tribes against American expansionism, and forced enlistment of American merchant sailors to the British Royal Navy.

Fort George will be offering special events during the week of June 15 – 18, 2012, and will continue to offer other events throughout the summer. Fort George Calendar of Events

The video clip above demonstrates a British Musket loading and shooting drill that the British soldier would conduct while in battle line. These exercises were practiced daily to ensure accuracy and speed for loading and shooting under stressful battle conditions.

Located on the corner of Lake Ontario, Canada and the Niagara River is the Fort George National Historic Site of Canada. Within the picturesque Canadian town of Niagara-on-the-Lake this fort continues to preserve and reenact the War of 1812’s history. This fort has been thoughtfully restored to its original state in 1812, and the local community takes a special interest in keeping the history alive.

Initially built by the British in 1802, the fort was the headquarters for the British Army and militia. However, in the Battle of Fort George in 1813, the Americans took possession of the fort but their control of the fort was short lived. By the end of 1813, after being defeated at the Battles of Stoney Creek and Beaver Dams, the Americans were pushed further south towards New York.

The area is wonderful destination for a family holiday, as Niagara-on-the-Lake offers breathtaking views over Lake Ontario and Niagara River. The small town offers upper-scale amenities such as dining, entertainment, and local wineries.

6 replies »

  1. I thought it interesting learning that the Americans had burned Niagara-on-the-Lake’s city hall. Perhaps that was why the British did some burning in Washington.

    • Thank you so much. It was totally by accident that we came across the reenactment. This summer, Fort McHenry in Baltimore will have a week of celebrations for 1812. That’s where Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner.

  2. We visited this fort a few years back with two of our grandsons and watched the reenactment. It was a great experience. As a child I made several visits to Ft. McHenry, having grown up near Baltimore. I love history and appreciate your blog. The photographs are excellent.

    • It really is a great place ! Would you believe I’ve yet to be at Fort McHenry? Clearly it’s on my to-visit list this year due to the bi-centennial. They also have a brand-new visitor’s center that I’ve heard wonderful things about. Thanks for your visit and comments.

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