For the second time, the King's Company of Historical Reenactors put on a display at St. Thomas' Iron Horse Festival. This is a late-August festival of rides, shows, and displays put on in the city of St. Thomas, ON to celebrate the railroad heritage of the city. In year's past, St. Thomas was a hub for the Canadian Southern Railroad, the New York Central Railroad and the Michigan Central Railroad. Trains westbound to Detroit or Chicago out of New York City would come across the state of New York, cross into Ontario, Canada, proceed to Windsor, ON, and cross into Michigan at Detroit and continue west. The terrain was relatively flat, especially when compared to the washboard-like series of ridges that fill central Pennsylvania between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. It's far easier -and therefore less expensive- to lay track on flat land, naturally.This year and last, our reenacting group set up a display at the Festival. We were closer to the centre of the Festival this year and we fired muskets, read a proclamation from President Madison on the reasons for the invasion of Canada, and explained the history and historical artifacts of the War of 1812, especially as it touched St. Thomas and Elgin County.
|Engine 5700 - part of the collection of the local railroad museum.|
A classic beauty from the age of steam.
|Lining up the troops for a volley.|
On the far end of the line, Tyler got to wear the red coat of the British Regulars.
|A good volley!|
|Beth's display of her embroidery and woman's clothing.|
|The "St. Thomas Select Embodied Militia" prepares to volley in the defence of the city.|
|With fine troops such as these, Canada will remain "The True North, strong and free."|
|Kevin, the ol' first sergeant, Nick, and Tyler in a photo taken by the tourist board.|
We look pretty good, in my opinion.
The building behind us is the original railroad station which is an architectural gem and is still being restored.
|Another volley... Make ready! Take aim! Fire!|
|A misfire! Andy's musket had some trouble during the day.|
Again you can see Tyler in the red coatee of the 10th Royal Veterans Battalion.
|Our full camp under the small fly.|
|A family looks over the equipment and tries on some of the head gear.|
|The look on the little girl's face is enough reward for what we do.|
|Every so often, a railroad handcart would pass by. It was fun to see and we considered walking up and "commandeering" it, but we never got around to it. We think they were selling rides from the far end of the property to down where we were.|
Last and least, your humble blogger, as he takes a breather. It wasn't too hot but the uniform always makes me perspire.
|"A face for radio and a voice for print."|
|Another view of the 5700, since it is a railroad-themed festival.|