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War On Our Doorstep!

Have you ever heard a cannon boom into the stillness? Or seen soldiers drop on a battlefield as it was in the War of 1812?

The roar of the three-pounder cannon and the white smoke clouding vision and stinging eyes are all pretty effective as you watch another re-enactment of a battle.

One of the cabins on the site had beautiful spring buds blooming.

This time the subject was the Battle of the Longwoods between the British and the Americans in the War of 1812. If you follow the link you’ll get a longer version of this battle which took place just west of London, Ontario, on March 4, 1814. From what we saw in the re-enactment this past Sunday, the British far outnumbered the Americans but were out in the open. Many of the American soldiers were firing from the protection of the woods.



Before the reenactment costumed participants answered loads of questions for the visitors.


Look closely. This tent had ladies’ unmentionables for sale!


Here’s a three-pounder cannon with my grandson. By the position of the tools against the wheels the soldiers know the cannon is not loaded and therefore safe.


This heavily bearded re-enactor regaled the three of us with his tales about the cannon. He was awesome. Ben sat right up on the bronze coloured piece.


Before the battle these ladies were singing a spirited song about Kentucky.


Eventually the soldiers moved toward the battle field. The British red coats headed for the fight.


From their more protected position the Americans began firing. In a few moments they moved back into the trees for safety.


With the smoke from the muskets seeing became difficult.


The British were unprotected out in the open as they tried to advance on the Americans. As one group loaded, an involved process, the others fired and then they would switch.


This old fellow eventually fell under the fire from the Americans. He was very near us.


More British soldiers marched up to take aim at the Americans.


Americans covered the retreat to the woods by their American compatriots.


The ranks thinned as the British took more fire.


At times the smoke obscured almost everyone. Most of the American soldiers were protected in the trees behind these few brave ones out in front.


Eventually the battle was over leaving the British defeated. The announcer asked everyone watching to remove their hats as we honoured those soldiers who died in this battle. Very moving.

This battle didn’t last very long at all, similar to the one the re-enactors were portraying. I especially liked the announcer’s voice throughout the whole event. He explained what was happening. History came alive, especially at the end where he had us remember those who died in this battle.

My Loyalist books don’t really talk about this particular battle but I still find it enlightening and entertaining to see these past events acted out. This is so much better than memorizing the six reasons for blah, blah, blah and the list of 10 battles in blankety-blank war as I had to do in school. Audiences are surprised when I, the author of The Loyalist Trilogy about the American Revolution, The War of 1812, and the Rebellion of 1837 here in Ontario, tell them now that I absolutely hated History in school.

The difference is that I write about what happens to the ordinary people when those in power make decisions. You’ll see that in my blurb for each book here. People are the exciting part. We can all relate to them as we feel their pain in the circumstances. Here’s the cabin again, peaceful and serene.

One of the cabins on the site with beautiful spring buds blooming.

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