467781812 Re: Laura Secord
- May 9, 2013'And she had a cow.'
(killed and eaten by members of the 49th Regiment of Foot.)
--- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "Adrian Rittner" <arittner@...> wrote:
> You forgot about the cow......revisionist...
> From: WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com [mailto:WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
> Of Jim
> Sent: May-08-13 4:40 PM
> To: WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: 1812 Re: Laura Secord
> Thanks Len
> Not sure how big of a house or lawn you have but Mrs Secord's place is not
> very big. So, having more than a few dozen folks there at a time will fill
> the place. Having a battle or parade or even parking on the neighbours'
> lawns - not considered great ideas (although some of you might remember
> fighting through the village of Queenston in 1992).
> I have received some great responses. Very enthusiasitic folks had the
> calendar marked, probably since they finished Grade 7, and they are super
> keen on Laura Secord (chocolates and ice cream). Others are looking forward
> to Beaver Dams and hundreds of crazy (dedicated)people have already signed
> up for the 32km / 19 mile hike from Laura's place to Thorold/Beaver Dams.
> Myths - yeah Laura has a few. She gets younger and some might say, 'hotter',
> on the chocolate boxes. Many serious historians are not fans, she is
> 'overdone'. The guy she warned, this Fitzgibbon character, did write three
> letters (with some prompting from the Secord's) to acknowledge Mrs.Secord's
> assistance in the victory at Beaver Dams. He also acknowledged that his men
> didn't fire a shot and the fighting was conducted by Seven Nations and Six
> Nations warriors. For a poor officer, up from the ranks, he needed to take
> all the glory but he gave credit to the people who helped or actually did
> all the hard work. Fitzgibbon simply took advantage of the situation and the
> field commander, Captain Dominique Ducharme, didn't think his English was
> good enough to negotiate.
> There are plenty of mythical events on the calendar. I am sure Lt Col
> Boerstler would have wished away Beaver Dams as a myth or a bad dream. Alas,
> tis true. He lost to underwhelming numbers of scary Indians, a quick
> thinking British Army Lieutenant, a helpful 37 year-old mother of five and a
> savvy Toronto confectioner who borrowed the name in 1913.
> Hope to see you Len, and everybody else, at George, Stoney and the Forty.
> --- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com <mailto:WarOf1812%40yahoogroups.com> ,
> "lenthecooper" <lheidebrecht@> wrote:
> > Oh no Jim, you are eight months too late in announcing this event. What a
> great living history event this could have been with a little forewarning. I
> really hope you have a good turn out (I'm booked, sorry) as it is such
> iconic and mythologized (there ain't no cow) portion of Canadian history. I
> will pass this onto the folks in my unit who might be interested.
> > Have a fantastic time, it sounds like great fun.
> > Cheers,
> > Len Heidebrecht
> > York Volunteers
> > --- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com <mailto:WarOf1812%40yahoogroups.com> ,
> "Jim" <jhill@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Hello Folks
> > > I know this summer is cranking up and Fort Meigs was brilliant. I also
> know the nice folks in Spencerville, Ontario have activities the same
> weekend, but here goes...
> > >
> > > On June 21st and June 22nd, we will be commemorating Laura Secord at her
> Homestead in Queenston, Ontario. This will mark the 200th anniversary of Mrs
> Secord's walk into history. We will have a stamp and coin unveiling from
> Canada Post and the Royal Canadian Mint at 10am on Friday June 21st at the
> Homestead and the remainder of the day will be dedicated to student
> > >
> > > At 5pm, the event will shift to Queenston Heights and a Toast to Laura
> Secord. This will involve Wine (we're in Niagara), Cheese (she had a cow -
> really?!) and Chocolate (it is Laura Secord). The cost is $50 for the gala
> event and contact information will be announced soon.
> > >
> > > On Saturday June 22nd, starting at 6am, the walkers will start arriving
> and step through the same door, on the same day, at the same time, of Laura
> Secord's departure. You can sign up to recreate the entire walk (19 miles/32
> Km), or segments of the walk, at www.FriendsofLauraSecord.com and the cost
> is $25.
> > >
> > > However, there is an alternative. You are welcome to come to the
> Homestead on Friday and Saturday and hang out with us and the public. No
> long marches, no speeches, just a relaxing day in a lovely setting. This is
> not a battle reenactment, although the village is part of the battlefield of
> Queenston Heights. We encourage anyone who is portraying mid-war US troops,
> (i.e.- US Light Artillery, 6th, 13th, 14th, 23rd Infantry or State Militia)
> to join us for either day and British, Canadian or Native forces are also
> welcome (RA, 8th, 49th Foot, Provincial Militia, Six/Seven Nations)
> Civilians of any background are welcome to attend which is only proper since
> Laura Secord is the most famous civilian from the War of 1812, north of the
> border. I will be enjoying a meal in Mrs Secord's kitchen throughout both
> days, United States forces and friendly Canadians are welcome to join me.
> Food and water will be supplied for those attending. The village will be
> buzzing with activity.
> > >
> > > If you are a reenactor and you are interested in attending, please
> contact Jim Hill 905 353-5442 or e-mail jhill(at)niagaraparks.com to
> register. We have very limited space available.
> > >
> > > We also have very limited space for further demonstrators/craftspeople.
> If you are a demonstrator/craftsperson and you are selling items, we will
> waive the historic merchant fee for June 21st and June 22nd. Please contact
> Melissa Bottomley, the manager of the Homestead to register a spot with your
> requirements 905 262-4851 or e-mail laurasecord(at)niagaraparks.com.
> > >
> > > Of course, just like Laura's walk, the action shifts to the Battle of
> Beaver Dams commemoration on Saturday afternoon and evening in Thorold,
> Ontario. For more information on Beaver Dams check out:
> > >
> > > Nice to see everyone at Fort Meigs, although the Sergeant Major was
> unrelenting, picking on Private Hill. Congratulations to the Fort Meigs
> staff and volunteers. Awesome weather, friendly hosts and just a great time!
> See you at George, Stoney and the Forty in the coming weeks.
> > >
> > > More information will follow on the Siege of Fort Erie 199th, August
> 10th and 11th, 2013 (we wanted all the other events and the actual 200th
> anniversaries to get in their plugs first)
> > >
> > > Thanks for your patience.
> > > Jim Hill
> > >
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