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467781812 Re: Laura Secord

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  • Jim
    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...
      > AR
      > 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.
      > Jim
      > --- 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
      > programmes.
      > > >
      > > > 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:
      > www.battleofbeaverdams.com
      > > >
      > > > 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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