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1812 in Ontario?

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:57 pm
by sheepmilker
Hi all,

Lots of media attention surfacing for this year's anniversary. I'd like to go and watch some events.

Anyone coming over here for any of the musters?

Re: 1812 in Ontario?

Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:38 pm
by Andy R
A few folk from the Napoleonic Association are going over

Re: 1812 in Ontario?

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:22 pm
by wurzul
The 2/95th were hoping to get to Fort Erie, but Peninsula bicentenaries and shrinking wallets are making it unlikely. :sweat:

Re: 1812 in Ontario?

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:42 pm
by Andysmith
I'm really interested in the current 'thinking' around the War of 1812 - from both the US and GB angles. I've heard some people from the US proclaiming that it was a victory for them (mainly based around the Battle of New Orleans which was fought after the peace treaty had been signed over in Europe - and it being a Pakenham 'co*k-up'...I suppose he did make up for it by paying with his own life) plus a few frigate-on-frigate actions where the US had a bit of an 'upper-hand' due to their very powerful and exceptionally well-constructed ships (until the last one when JPJ the Welch-turncoat got spanked!). Whereas the GB 'angle' seems to lie firmly in the, "You attempetd to invade Canada and our numerically inferior forces gave you a very bloody nose thus thwarting your policy for good" and "We were so pi55ed-off with you that we came on down and burnt the President's gaffe....so there!"

As a side-note, at least the War of 1812 gave the USofA it's National Anthem. However, I'm very glad that there's finally some recognition that this part of the greater Napoleonic Wars did take place that that brave souls on both sides died defending their respective causes.

I also think that there's a new book out on the War...it was reviewed in the Sunday Times yesterday. I would post the title here...but having a mind like a sieve I can't remember the authour or title for toffee!

Re: 1812 in Ontario?

Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:26 pm
by Grymm
We'll go if we can do Bladensburg, mind you I'd need to train so's I could keep up with the Americans, where's me 85th uniform let's see how much it's, ehem, 'shrunk' :wink:

Re: 1812 in Ontario?

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:54 am
by Andysmith
As per the real war of 1812ff...I'm sure the Americans will stop for a burger and fries break ...so you'll be sure to catch up (unless you stop for a pie, pint and fag break :wink: ). Apologies for my terrible typo in my above message....the spelling of 'author' is incorrect...I hang my head in shame. I also fear that I have made a mistake as to the previous life of John Paul Jones - was he Welsh or Scottish? (see, my brane fades again!)

Re: 1812 in Ontario?

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:04 pm
by sheepmilker
You might be interested in this article from The Globe and Mail, pictures of re-enactors too!


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/nat ... 099/page1/

Re: 1812 in Ontario?

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:38 pm
by Andysmith
Thank you...a very interesting article indeed.

Re: 1812 in Ontario?

Posted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:40 pm
by Grymm
Andysmith wrote: I also fear that I have made a mistake as to the previous life of John Paul Jones - was he Welsh or Scottish? (see, my brane fades again!)
Bass/keyboard/anythingelsethatisn'tleadguitarordrums player in Led Zep?

Re: 1812 in Ontario?

Posted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:34 pm
by Andysmith
He most certainly was..plus being a very irritating American privateer who made rather 'cheesy' quotes when his ship was going down.

Re: 1812 in Ontario?

Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:13 pm
by steve stanley
Having been talked into doing some 1812 stuff here...It does seem to be one of those wars where battlefield victory went to those who made the least c**k-ups..........And JPJ was Revwar....... :D

Re: 1812 in Ontario?

Posted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:59 am
by Andy R
steve stanley wrote: victory went to those who made the least c**k-ups
Lundy's Lane could have been the home of the phrase "blue on blue".

One American regiment decimated another one of their own thinking they were British.

Of course, they were wearing blue and facing the opposite direction.....