Lots of photos, so I need a second blog to handle it all.
I didn't touch on the War of 1812 part in the first one, but this one will be almost all 1812! Although Backus Page house was not built until the 1850's, it is used to demonstrate the sort of raids that were done all along the coast of Lake Erie in 1814 and as part of MacArthur's raid in the Fall of 1814. 500 mounted volunteers from Kentucky and Ohio left Detroit and moved through southwestern Ontario to the Grand River at Malcolm's Mill. The column defeated the assembled Canadian militia there, but found themselves almost surrounded by militia and regular British Light Dragoons. So they turned back to Detroit, following the trail that is now Highway 3 in Ontario.
The house raid was the big noise of the event for the War of 1812 reenactors. They portrayed American, Canadian, British, and First Nations fighters. The raider were looking to arrest Colonel Thomas Talbot, the leader of the local community. (They almost got him three times, but he escaped each time.) Rather than burning the house, the "raiders" took some items of symbolic value. A firefight began; the US troops sustained a casualty (Alex every time), and finally withdrew. On Sunday afternoon, I was "captured" as the American commander. It was a load of fun.
(The sources of the photos were noted in the previous blog entry. I continue to thank them.)
|Mike M. as a Kentucky Volunteer in the act of loading.|
|Bill as one of Caldwell's Western Rangers fires|
|Alex, our perpetual casualty in full dress|
|Angela, the museum director, finally put on period clothing and|
defended the house.
|Beth, the "Reenactor Wrangler" for the weekend, helped defend the house as well.|
|Nick, as Colonel Talbot, raked it in for his protrayal.|
|Mike M. leading drill.|
The Kentucky mounted infantry wore black hunting frocks with red trim.
|Mike R, of the HMS Earl of Moira, works his wood shaping bench.|
He is making the fabled "Battle Spoon."
|Have you ever seen a happier guy?|
|Paul, corporal of the Royal Scots, looking very business-like.|
|Bill, in Ranger kit, sneaks up.|
|Not THE Battle Spoon, but one like it... sorta, kinda.|
|Mike R. faces off against Kevin of the 21st US to defend the house with THE Battle Spoon.|
|Okay... so it never really worked.|
The raiders advance on the house in the morning battle.
(Jared, Marcus, and Alex)
|Jared of the 17th (our corporal pioneer) and Kevin of the 21st keep up a hot fire.|
|Troops of the 60th Rifles, the Royal Scots, and the Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles return fire.|
|Although it was not part of the raid, here's a photo of the gun crew of the HMS Nancy|
in their demonstration. Loud and proud!
|Can't miss at this range, Jared!|
|Steve, commanding Caldwell's and the entire Crown side, with Paul and Rob of the Scots.|
|Angela clouts the American commander with a broom! It almost hurt!|
|Saturday afternoon, Ann and Beth chase Jared as he escapes with the loot.|
|On Saturday, Marcus drags Alex off the field.|
|Sunday morning, Bear loots Alex of his pocket watch, cane, and loose change.|
|Sunday afternoon, we involved the surgeon to deal with Alex's wounded arm.|
(Isn't he grinning a bit too much for a guy about to lose a limb?)
|Hold still! This won't hurt me at all!|
|Well, look at it this way... all the women love scars!|
|It got very real all of a sudden. Looks a bit rubbery for a young guy.|
|Beth and Angela presented to the crowd.|
|As proper ladies, they responded with a curtsey.|
|The reenactors salute all in attendance.|
|Raiffe address a gathering at the ACW camp from behind the "social distancing" ropes.|
|WWII reenactors speak to a sutler... again with the social distancing ropes between them.|
Backus Page House Museum took every possible effort to do this event as safely as possible.
|"Get it right! Pillage... THEN burn!" |