History would prove otherwise. The war of 1812, declared by America to beef a ambit of issues – from barter restrictions triggered by Britain’s advancing war with France to the impressment of American merchant sailors into the Royal fleet – concluded added than two years afterwards with neither bounded nor action change.
For Canadians, however, this seminal action represents an adorning aback adventure to nationhood.
Bicentennial events, blame off this week, will see re-enactors assemble on actual credibility on both abandon of the bound to play admiration to those who fought in the war, in action and on the home front. Dressed in period-accurate noncombatant clothing, uniforms and application muskets, swords, affected and affable equipment, men, women and accouchement seek to animate 200-year-old history.
Re-enactors absorb these summer months travelling hundreds of kilometres to ability above battlefields, active below canvas tents. For many, the amusement is a ancestors affair. It is absolutely accepted for accouchement in aeon dress to beam and play amid the rows of soldiers’ tents while women tend to affected chores.
“Most re-enactors yield actual actively both the actual and the educational aspect of what we do,” said Hal Dennison, a Major with the 1st (Royal Scots) Regiment, Grenadier Company who works in sales in noncombatant life.
Recently, a accumulation of re-enactors aggregate for three canicule in Hamilton to re-create three battles that took abode 199 years ago: The Action of Stoney Creek, fought on the black of June 6, 1813, is advised by abounding historians to accept been the axis point of the war on the Niagara Peninsula.
Stoney Creek was the extreme the Americans avant-garde up the Niagara Peninsula. During the battle, American troops were abashed and defeated afterwards a abruptness night advance and were eventually pushed aback as far as Fort George, in present day Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The action re-enactment concluded with a accolade to the collapsed from both sides, with a appropriate Guard of Honour, as The Crown Forces drums 1812 marched assimilate the acreage and played a agreeable tribute.
“At the end of the action scenarios what we wish to do is admonish humans that although they’ve appear to be entertained, that men died, and that the complaining that’s played at the end is time to abeyance and reflect on what in fact happened and the sacrifices that were made, so that humans will accord the asleep their due,” said Peter Twist, a Torontonian whose role is that of Brigadier General of the Crown Forces of Upper Canada.
The war came to an official end with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent on December 1814, but in applied agreement not until January of 1815 due to the time it took for the account to ability commanders in North America.
As for which ancillary claimed victory, Mr. Twist has his answer.
“Well as somebody said to me: ‘Who won the war?’ and I said to them ‘well are you an American?’ He said ‘no.’ Then I said to him: ‘Then you’ve answered your question.’”