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The Invasion of Upper Canada


Units Attending

Arnold Knives
Double Edge Armoury - Le Double Tranchant
Dixon's Dry Goods
Empire and Eagle Books
Head of the Lake Trading Company
Helmut & Co.
Highland Trading
Joseph the Chandler
La Cullote de Patriote 
Linda's Early Fashions
Lion's Den Arms & Antiques
Penelope's Pots
Ron Dale
Rif-Raf Trading
Sanderson Leather
Sew Historic
The Elegant Thimble
Voices of the Past
Crown Forces Staff
The Drum Corps of the Crown Forces of North America
1st (Royal Scots) Regiment - Grenadier Company
1st (Royal Scots) Regiment - Light Company
41st Regiment
49th Regiment - Grenadier Company
49th Regiment - 2nd company
89th Regiment - Grenadier Company
104th Regiment
Glengarry Light Infantry
Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada
Caldwell's Western Rangers
Norfolk Militia + artillery (1 gun)
Provincial Marine + artillery (1 gun) 
Admiralty Launch Surveyor 
HMS Charwell Gun Crew + artillery (2 guns)
HMS Ferret / The Waterloo Draft + artillery (1 gun)
HMS Royal George + artillery (1 gun)
19th Light Dragoons
Dr. Dunfore - Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada Surgeon
Splints & Splices - Royal Navy Surgeon
11th U.S. Infantry
16th U.S. Infantry
19th U.S. Infantry
21st U.S. Infantry
22nd U.S. Infantry
25th U.S. Infantry
U.S. Marine Corps, Northern Det.
U.S. Marine Corps, Brooks' Det.
Kentucky Rifles
His Majesty's Native Allies
British Native Allies
British Indian Department

Dixon's Dry Goods and Sundries - Historically correct fabrics and various period camp gear, etc.
Double Edge Armoury - Le Double Tranchant - Historical Swordcutler, weapons of all kinds: French, English, Scottish and Colonial. Historical accesories: blacksmithing and leather work. Period engravings of the art of swordcutlery display.
Demonstrations of historical embroidery techniques with historical engraving references.
EMPIRE AND EAGLE BOOKS - Historical non-fiction books, specializing in military history as well as small re-enctment articles and snacks.
Helmut & Co. - an artisan's cooperative, featuring ironmongery, dry goods, leatherwork, and other period civilian goods.
Highland Trading - Wooden canteens, buckets, boxes.  Gourd containers, lanterns, spurtles and firkins.
Joseph the Chandler - Original 18th/19th century spectacles, candle lanterns, candles, goose quill pens, ink bottles, ink crystal packets, handblown onion bottles, reproduction documents - broadsides, promotions, illustrations, etc.
La Culotte du Patriote - Garments and accessories: Hats, trousers, dresses, shawls, shirts, etc...for men, women and children. Coming to the event from the province of Quebec.
Linda's Early Fashions - Clothing and accessories for the re-enactor. A broad range of goods from clothing, books, toys, games, gifts and more.
Lion's Den Arms & Antiques - Muskets, Pistols, Canons, Arms & Accessories, parts & repairs also. Natural products and candles as well. A wide assortment of interesting items.
Penelope's Pots - Hand made pottery most of which is done in period colours/glazes. All pots are dishwasher, microwave, oven and food safe.

Ron Dale - A few books on the War of 1812 and other historical interest and this year's Event Narrator.
Rif-Raf Trading - Collectibles and what-not dealing with the hobby.
Sanderson Leather - 18th & 19th Century leather goods for Militia, civilians and soldiers alike.
Sew Historic - Historic Garments and Accoutrements for Men.  Bespoke and readymade articles of clothing and uniform for the discerning re-enactor by historical tailor Glendon Hovey. 
Splints & Splices - Royal Navy Surgeon - Military surgeon display
The Elegant Thimble - We sell custom made men's and women's clothing for the 1812 time period, including coats and corsets. We also sell knitted accessories.
Voices of the Past - Hand knit muffatees, folk dolls, lavender sachets, pewter mugs, 3 pronged forks, history & story c.d.'s
Re-enacting Groups
Crown Forces Staff - Re-enactors who portray the command staff of the battalion of Crown Forces (Military Re-enactment Units of BRITISH ~ CANADIAN ~ MILITIAS ~ ALLIES). The staff being the commanding general, colonel, aides and adjutants and sergeant major of the battalion. The re-enactors in the command staff come from a variety of backgrounds and have usually been in the hobby for a number of years and have a great knowledge of Napoleonic tactics and knowledge of the War of 1812.
The Drums of the Crown Forces of North America - The Drums of the Crown Forces 1812 is a War of 1812 reenactment unit dedicated to portraying the fife and drum corps of a typical British infantry regiment stationed in Canada during the war. The Drums currently consists of members of Crown Forces 1812 reenactment units and individuals who join the Drums directly.  At present we have members from the 1st, 8th, 49th and 89th Regiments of Foot, Canadian Fencibles, Royal Newfoundland Fencibles, Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles, the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada and Norfolk Militia. Our group is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario with members drawn from across Southern Ontario and the Greater Toronto area.
1st (Royal Scots) Regiment - Grenadier Company - The Royal Scots are the oldest, and therefore most senior, infantry regiment of the line in the British Army, having been raised in 1633 during the reign of Charles I of England. During service in France in the 1630s the Royal Scots earned the nickname “Pontius Pilate’s Bodyguards.” The Royal Scots 1st Battalion was very active in Upper Canada in the War of 1812, being present in eight major engagements and many minor skirmishes against the forces of the United States which included Sackett’s Harbour, the capture of Fort Niagara and the burning of Buffalo in 1813, and the Battles of Longwoods, Chippewa, Lundy’s Lane, and Fort Erie in 1814. This unit is based out of London, Ontario and utilizes Fanshawe Pioneer Village as a base for drill and other activities. 
1st (Royal Scots) Regiment - Light Company - The Royal Scots Light Company, as the Grenadier Co., are also from the London, Ontario area and portray another company of the same regiment, the light company. Light companies were skirmishers, advancing in front of the battalion checking for enemy positions and strength and guarding the withdrawal of troops after a battle or at the start of one.
41st Regiment - The 41st Regiment of Foot Military Living History Group, founded in 1987, has members across southern Ontario and the USA, from the Windsor/Detroit area to the Hamilton/Toronto area.
49th Regiment
Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada - Members hail from the Greater Toronto Area (Ontario, Canada) and drill regularly at Historic Fort York in Toronto. They are proud to be living historians, representing the Volunteer Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada (IMUC), during the War of 1812 at various Canadian and US historical sites and events. They represent the citizens from different militias called up for the duration of the War of 1812.  They and their families are farmers, loggers, merchant militia families that aided the British regulars against the U.S. Forces.  The Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada received the "Niagara" battle honour for their role in the Niagara Peninsula Campaign.
Royal Newfoundland Regiment - This group based out of the Simcoe County area near Barrie, Ontario is a group of military re-enactors who specialize in the War of 1812, and represent the Royal Newfoundland Regiment of Fencible Infantry. They chose this particular regiment because it was recruited in North America for service here (rather than being a regular British unit sent to serve in Canada), and it performed gallantly in the upper Great Lakes region as well as in other major battles of the War of 1812. Their aim is to educate and inform about that period.
Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles - Canadian Fencible regiment raised in Canada for the defence of the provinces by Canadians. This unit wears a green wool jacket and pants which is quite different from that of the regular British soldier in his red tunic. This unit is from the Niagara and Toronto areas.

Caldwell's Rangers - This group is a volunteer organization from Fort Malden who portray Caldwell's Rangers, named after their commander, noted Loyalist and Indian trader William Caldwell. The unit was a rather small one, never more than 50 men. Nominally organized as two companies, they often worked in conjunction with the Indian Department and fought dipersed alongside the Indians (chiefly the Ojibwe, Wyandotte and Pottowottomi). The unit or parts of it fought at the Battle of Moraviantown, the Battle of Longwoods, the Battle of Lundy's Lane and in several actions on the Niagara peninsula.



Provincial Marine - The Upper Canada Provincial Marine was formed by a number of people who were intrested in history, sailing, acting, outdoors and many other areas and who were all devoted to preserving Canada's Naval history.
Norfolk Militia - The Norfolk Militia (Heritage Regiment) Re-Enactment Group are re-enactors based in Ontario, Canada and take part in re-enactments in Canada and the United States. They represent the living history of North America in the nineteenth century. This group is interested in history, re-enacting and generally a good time! The Norfolk Militia.
Norfolk Milita Artillery - The Norfolk Militia Re-Enactors are based in Ontario, Canada and take part in re-enactments in Canada and the United States. They represent the living history of North America in the nineteenth century.
HMS Royal George Boat’s Crew and Landing Party: This is a volunteer group which seeks to explore and recreate, through living history experiences, the Royal Navy and Provincial Marine in the Georgian period.  They often participate in Rev. War and 1812 reenactments in a traditionally rigged whaler and/or a field gun and musket support.  Many of their members have extensive experience sailing on traditionally rigged tallships operating on the Great Lakes.
HMS Charwell Gun Crew -  The HMS Charwell Landing Party portrays Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines from the ship HMS Charwell which was part of Commodore Yeo's squadron on Lake Ontario in 1813 and 1814. The ship participated in a number of naval battles with the US Squadron on Lake Ontario and provided close in support for the attack, landing and battle at Oswego. In August 1814, an HMS Charwell Landing Party of 75 seamen was particularly noted for carrying a ship's boat and five batteaux across the Niagara Peninsula from the Niagara River at Queenston to Lake Erie to the west of Fort Erie. After attacking the three United States' armed schooners, Somers, Ohio, and Porcupine, close to Fort Erie, they captured the Somers and Ohio and cut loose the Porcupine with only the loss of one Lieutenant, one seaman killed and four seamen wounded.

The Charwells are committed to the education of the public and dedicated to the safety and training of gun crews within the context of the War of 1812-15.
HMS Ferret / The Waterloo Draft -  The HMS Ferret and her crew demonstrate the skills of the sailor and shipboard life on a small boat during the 1812 war. As well as gun drills, the crew will sail a unique rig, row, and portray many of the talents of a sailor in that time.
11th U.S. Infantry - Unit based out of Old Fort Erie
25th U.S. Infantry - MacLachlan's Company, US 25th Regiment of Infantry depicts one of the grey jacketed regiments in Winnfield Scott's 1st US Brigade which stood toe to toe with the finest of the Redcoats at Chippewa and Lundy's Lane and demonstrated that they could give as good as receive. Valor, discipline, honor and courage, as well as good leadership and training, were no longer the exclusive properties of the British Army. Based out of Orillia in Simcoe County, MacLachlan's Company appear at events all over southern Ontario in one of their many forms. At Fanshawe some members will portray naval and marine forces involved in the War's campaigns, notably the Provincial Marine, and will bring two of their longboats to demonstrate waterborne operations.
1st Rifle Rgmt, Kentucky Volunteers - The First Rifle Regiment of Kentucky Volunteers (Matson's Company) was formed in June of 1812. After marching from Kentucky to Michigan they fought and suffered heavy casualties at French Town (Monroe Mich.) in January 1813. Wounded survivors were massacred by the natives after Proctor returned to Fort Malden. Thus, the rallying cry became  "Remember the Raisin!". The regiment was disbanded in 1813. Capt. Matson and others from the company re-enlisted and even fought at the Battle of the Thames.
This group is based in Windsor, Ontario.
Cushings Co., 2nd US Artillery - An artillery re-enacting group out of Ohio, United States. From the area near Toledo, Ohio and famed war of 1812 location Fort Meigs.
Brooke's Marines - A company of re-enactors from eastern Michigan portraying United States Marines from 1812. Lt. Brooks Jr. left Washington D.C. in April 1813, with a small detachment of U.S. Marines. He was carrying orders to recruit men along the way, adding to his detachment of twelve men. Brooks found Army volunteers to fill his force and commanded the detachment from the U.S.S. Lawerence. During the Battle of Lake Erie, Lt. Brooks and four other Marines were killed. Twelve men of the 34 man detachment were wounded. Lt. Brooks was buried on the shore of Put-in-Bay, later to be moved to a resting place under the monument. He was posthumously awarded a silver medal by Congress.
British Native Allies - This re-enacting group portrays British Native Allies from the French-Indian War to the War of 1812! The group was formed on February, 20, 1999 by Wolf Thomas a Mohawk from Six Nations Grand River Territory, his wife One Feather and a few of the original group members. The group is sanctioned by members of the Mohawk Nation. They serve as an orginized venue for "Native Re-enactors". This group prides itself on creating public awareness for the contributions, sacrifices and cultural aspects of British Allied Natives of these time periods, striving for authenticity in clothing and accouterments for each time period. Their service is to the Native Ancestors for whose memory they keep the council fires burning by telling their story. Those who sacrificed their lives for someone else's cause to preserve a path to the future for all generations, races and nations. They pay tribute to them with the respect they have earned and are indebted to them forever.
British Indian Department - This group of re-enactors are dedicated to recreating the daily lives of the people who were in service to His Majesty, King George III, during the War of 1812. The British Indian Department re-enactors recreate equipment and clothing of that time period...They enjoy camping, skirmishes and live fire re-enactments.
On-Gwe-Ho-Way - This Ontario based group honours the native ancestors and seeks to teach others by re-enacting, for the people, the way they lived, fought and died. Oh-gwe-ho-way means People of Turtle Island - - all people of Turtle Island (North America, as it is known to us). This group believes what they do is important, because to move into the future you must know your past.


The Invasion of Upper Canada         Fanshawe Village - London, Ontario  519-457-1296