This blog will be heavy on the photos since they are quite interesting. I thank all those who supplied so many of the photos and if I inadvertently leave any one out, I apologize. The photos are courtesy of Steve Zronick, Linda Lee, John Stephens, and the Museum staff.
|Our 1812 encampment with wedge tents, a wall tent for the sergeant, and a fly to keep the sun off of us.|
|A view of some of the uniformed participants at the morning parade on Saturday.|
1812 Provincial Marine, First Nations warrior, ACW, Fenian Raids, Canadian Contingent - Boer War, WWI, and WWII.
|Morning parade marches off after a moment of silence and "Orders of the day.)|
Our F&I grendier and 1812 US forces are visible.
|A "stand of arms" in the ACW/Fenian camp.|
|We remembered the fallen of all wars at the morning parade.|
|Two of the museum staff with our local member of Parliament, the honorably Karen Vecchio at the Museum.|
|Steve takes it easy in the garden. He was one of the photographers and was a vendor at the event.|
|Seamus, the story-teller, in mid-story.|
He's got a million of 'em.
|"Wee Tom" and his mother, Penny.|
She's a potter and was a vendor. Tom represented the Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles,
a fine Canadian unit in the War of 1812.
|Tyler of our 17th US Infantry.|
We have some documentation that the 17th wore white hunting frocks rather than the proper blue uniform
because of supply difficulties between Philadelphia and Detroit.
|Nick, the military padre of the Canadian WWI contingent at the Casualty Clearing Station.|
Nick is an Anglican priest who recently retired from the active ministry.
However... he's busier than ever!
|A Union infantry chaplain. Although not an ordained minister, he held a period service Sunday morning on the site.|
|Our good friend, Raiffe, in his Union infantry impression. Raiffe amazes me with how many impressions he does in various periods - 1812 Crown infantry and artillery, Canadian Volunteer, ACW Union and Confederate, Fenian, and now Boer!|
|My wife, Beth, in her Lenni-Lenape (Delaware) female warrior impression.|
She has her own rifle and knows how to use it!
She wanted to come out as a First Nations reenactor to celebrate her heritage
and to show more of that part of Canadian history.
|Linda, who makes hats, in her Regency era gown.|
|Seamus, Tyler, and John begin the demonstration.|
|Tom shows a paper cartridge while Kevin and Tyler wait their turn.|
|Tyler and Tom at "Present!"/"Take Aim! (The actual order varies by army. Crown forces "present"; US forces "aim" which they were actually taught to do.|
|Black powder is messy... and fun.|
|Kevin from our group, dressed as a Canadian militiaman, explains his German Jager rifle... a mere .62 caliber!|
|Jamie cuts loos with his blunderbuss. That make quite a noise.|
|Although the Provincial Marine's 3-pound cannon is louder.|
|Another view of the firing.|
|ACW/Fenian raid reenactors line up for firing - Raiffe, Tyler, and Mitchell.|
|Raiffe fires his Springfield rifled musket. It's quite heavy because of the thicker, rifled barrel, |
Mitchell's Enfield is a lot lighter.
|The WWI reenactors took to their shirt-sleeves because the order of the day was "NO WOOL!"|
Here they're checking the action on their Lee-Enfield rifles.
|Although this was taken as part of a "field exercise" for the WWI fellows, you can see the SMLE being fired.|
|The small box respirator gas mask must be demonstrated.|
|The WWII German reenactors show off the 98K carbine and the Russian SVT-40. (I think)|
Matthew and Steve were quite authentic as Panzergrenadiers
|A better view of the SVT AND the MG-34.|
The MG-34 replica was a single shot weapon. At about $1 a round, full auto could get expensive, not to say illegal.
|Steve and his Luftwaffe field division comrade show proper firing position.|
|I don't wish to see the business end of this one!|
|Amanda handled the SKS in her Soviet Army female sniper impression.|
The bolt of the gun was hard to handle but she did it well.
|In another "field exercise", she sniped down a few of the German reenactors... including her father, as seen here.|
|I've never seen one of these before and it was such fun to see it go off.|
20 shots one after the other in quickest time with more smoke that you'd ever expect.
I'm betting a number of my readers would enjoy seeing this as well.
|Eww! Eww! Eww! Facist cooties!|
Eww! Eww! Eww! Yankee cooties!Raiffe and Matthew ham it up.
|I don't do heat well or gladly.|
|Seamus said I was doing a wonderful impression of a "Gentleman at leisure." I told him it was my favourite reenactment.|
|John and Linda -- John is carrying a first pattern Brown Bess.|
When your musket is taller than the person you're with, explanations are necessary.
|WWI Canadian contingent. Their wool coats did not stay on long!|
|Tracy, one of the "Blue Bird" nursing sisters of the Canadian Army Medical Corps, in front of the casualty clearing station.|
This group received permission from the Canadian Army and their surgeon general to wear the CAMC's insignia.
|Nick's WWI impression is that of Canon Scott, a famous Canadian military padre.|
|One more time? Why not?|