Thursday, 23 August 2012

Further Photos from Fort Erie

I finally got the camera's chip downloaded to the computer. (It's amazing how much there is to do on holiday!) I hope you enjoy them!

Pooka, our boon companion and Regimental mascot, in his usual travelling place. All we have to say is "Go camp?" and he's ready to go! That was one tired pup at the end of the weekend. Amazingly, he hardly ever barks while there
 - unusual for a beagle!

A portion of the American camp.
Here you see the tents of the Fort Meigs group, reenacting the 2nd Artillery. The officers have the marquee tent; the troops have the wedge tents. The 6-pounder [THE REAL THING] sits outside.
Andy and I "guarded" it during the evening battle.
Our dining fly on Friday; hence the 21st century clothes.
Our good friend, Paul, dragged over four bales of hay, covered them with a tarp, and... INSTANT COUCH. It really was quite comfortable and very much used.
From left: Katie, Pooka (look on the ground), "Himself", Robby, and Paul.
After dark we put "glow sticks" around the tent pegs to keep folks from mauling themselves as they walked by.
Katie's idea; declared "Brilliant!" by one veteran reenactor.

Dan, Robby, and Mark as light infantry skirmishers in the afternoon battle.
Robby covets that field cap.

In the evening's battle, the Crown forces assault the fort. Ladders are hidden in the ditch in front of the walls. You can see troops of the 60th Rifles (green, faced red), Caldwell's Rangers (green, in tams), Light Dragoons (note the immaculate
white pantaloons, fur-crested helmets, and laced jackets) and various Line infantry units.
The best and safest way to enter the ditch? SLIDE!

The powder magazine goes up! It was raining and windy, so there are rain spots on the lens cover
and umbrellas in evidence in the crowd. Later there was a Lantern Tour of the fort. Robby fired shots
from the walls. Fireworks stood in on for Congreve Rockets. Beth was the surgeon's assistant and
they made things as bloody as possible for the public.
This is a great event - taking place in and around the actual fort, the site of perhaps the bloodiest battle of the Anglo-American War of 1812. If you're on this side of the pond (or can come over), it is well worth coming to see. Stop by our camp for a lemon drop or a horehound candy.

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