Welcome aboard, Jim! re: have been surprised at how little I know about the conflict besides the basics. Best to keep a very open mind - there s a lot ofMessage 1 of 171 , Jul 22, 2011View SourceWelcome aboard, Jim!
"have been surprised at how little I know about the conflict besides the basics."
Best to keep a very open mind - there's a lot of misinformation floating around about the War of 1812. Even possibly including what you've been told or read about "the basics". There's a lot of myths that have been propagated over the years, some based partly in truth, and even more based on notions of national pride that won't really stand up to impartial analysis... I know I've had my eyes opened on many issues over the years!
Example: as a Canadian, I was quite surprised to find out that Tecumseh didn't see himself as a loyal subject of the King and probably didn't give two squirts of squirrel doo-doo over whether "Canada" survived. He had more than enough problems of his own to worry about! He was an ally of the British in the same way that the Soviet Union was in WW2 - an ally of convenience, as at the time, his goals and the British goals seemed to be compatible. Yet every school kid in Canada is told that Tecumseh was a great hero who died defending Canada...
On the other side of the coin (i.e. what seems to be a fairly enduring American myth about the war), the British amphibious force operating on the U.S. eastern seaboard in 1814 - the force that captured Washington, burned the White House, and was repulsed at Baltimore - wasn't trying to recapture the United States for the Crown. It was merely making clear to the American government just how vulnerable American coasts were, with a view to getting a peace treaty negotiated ASAP, on terms favourable to Britain.
On trying to think of a myth about the war prevalent in Britain, I'm drawing a blank. They barely know this war even happened...
Welcome Eamonn! It s good to see more of us young people getting into the reenacting scene. :) Amanda Nebel 1st Baltimore Sharp ShootersMessage 171 of 171 , Jun 26View SourceWelcome Eamonn! It's good to see more of us young people getting into the reenacting scene. :)
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--- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "eamonnokeeffe1812" <eamonnokeeffe96@...> wrote:
> Hello everyone.
> My name is Eamonn O'Keeffe and I'm a new member of this forum.
> I am sixteen-year-old drummer of the Fort York Fife and Drum Corps in Toronto, Canada. We portray the Canadian Fencibles c. 1814-16 and perform in daily music and artillery demonstrations throughout July and August. I began volunteering at Fort York at age 9 and have been employed for the past couple of summers. I couldn't ask for a better summer job.
> Some of you may have seen the short film, "The Winter March", that I wrote and co-produced in partnership with my high school friend Patrick Y. Lee. Our sixty-second "Heritage Minute" dramatizes the winter march of the 104th Regiment in 1813. I used the wartime diary of Lieutenant John Le Couteur as the basis for the script. See our film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8mWYjPHbVw
> My co-workers in Guard graciously volunteered their time to act in this film. This project benefitted from the help and support of the Friends of Fort York and the Fort York staff, especially Ewan Wardle, for their help and support.
> "The Winter March" has won the Historica-Dominion Institute's Heritage Minute contest and was a Toronto International Film Festival Next Wave finalist. Our project has received coverage from the CBC and the Huffington Post as well as on TV with the Global News Morning Show and the Sun News Charles Adler Show.
> As Le Couteur was a native of the Channel Island of Jersey in the UK, Patrick and I were interviewed by BBC Radio Jersey and an article about the film was published in the Jersey Evening Post.
> I plan on getting into reenacting in the not-too-distant future so I hope to learn about different reenacting groups through this forum.
> I look forward to being a member of this group and learning from people who share my passion for the War of 1812.
> Kind regards,