Today we enjoyed the wonderful weather with a trip back in time at Longwoods Conservation Area. There they were re-enacting the Battle of Longwoods which took place during the War of 1812. The turnout of both troops and public was fantastic. This event was was on the first marking the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.
The women in the camp would have been involved in everything from cooking to nursing the wounded to mending uniforms and doing the laundry. When the men are away it is up to the women to keep things running as smoothly as possible..
This event was a wonderful way to see people as they would have lived in a camp environment.
The kids love to join in and are an important part to the portrayal of the time. Here you will see a young boy and his sister. The boy is dressed in the uniform of the 16th US Infantry.
British Infantry of the 41st of Foot with the 19th Light Dragoons (dismounted)
First Nations where an important element in the defence up Upper and Lower Canada during the War of 1812.
British Infantry were reguarded as some of the most disciplined troops in the world. At the beginning of the War of 1812 they where few in numbers but early in the war they outmatched their American opponents.