Re: [WarOf1812] St. Leonard's Creek
- On Tue, 2 Oct 2001 easeufe@... wrote:
> We did have a smaller event and most of the units spent the time talking toThough I would have enjoyed the opportunity to help take that battery on
> the public about the events of 1814 and how they relate to our modern times.
the hill, spending time with the public proved to be very satisfying.
It's quite amazing to me how thrilled they are when they see that shower
of sparks coming off the hammer - the kids too!
The "ship's carpenter" demonstration put on by a member of the Royal
Marines proved that people love to watch someone else working. He had
quite a crowd around him, as he created some bench seats out of scraps of
44th Regt of Foot
- It is interesting to note that US forces burned down the public
buildings of York, capitol of Upper Canada (but not private
residences as has been alleged by some). Also the whole town of
Newark (the previous capitol), both public and private. But I
suppose in the scheme of things these don't count as much as the
Washington buildings, unless they can be claimed as the reason for
the British actions at Washington. By the way, I understand that the
Navy Yard in Washington was torched by US forces themselves -
except for the Commandant's house (which still exists) - but that
is another story. Doug
--- In WarOf1812@y..., easeufe@a... wrote:
> In a message dated 10/1/01 9:55:54 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> vince@V... writes:
> > There was a write-up in the Washington Post:
> > http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47201-
> > The story proves my belief that after you read a newspaper
> > have a pretty good idea of what DIDN'T happen.
> It also goes to prove that what made it into print was not
> you said! I tried to make the reporter understand that the burning
> public buildings was a mistake that was decried by even some of the
> governments in Europe. It also helped unite the country and
> We did have a smaller event and most of the units spent the time
> the public about the events of 1814 and how they relate to our
> But as Vince said, tavern night was great. With two different
groups, we had
> over 4 and a half hours of quality entertainment.
> Ed Seufert, LCpl
> 1812 Royal Marines
> 1st Co/2nd Batt RM
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- In a message dated 10/2/01 7:28:13 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> in the scheme of things these don't count as much as theWalter Lord says that European sympathy swung to the America side when the
> Washington buildings, unless they can be claimed as the reason for
> the British actions at Washington. By the way, I understand that the
> Navy Yard in Washington was torched by US forces themselves -
> except for the Commandant's house (which still exists) -
news of Washington's destruction became known. From the Journal de Paris, he
quotes, "How could a nation eminently civlized, conduct itself at Washington
with as much barbarity as the old banditti of Attila and Genseric? Is not
this act of atrocious vengeance a crime against all humanity?"
And Hampton, Havre De Grace, Frenchtown, Fredericktown and Georgetown were
all partially torched; the last four in late April/early May 1813 at the same
time York was being attacked. Were they the reasons for Newark? I doubt.
Yes, the US Navy torched the Navy Yard and indeed the commandants house still
stands but was looted of all its valuables. Most of the looting that took
place in the city was done after the British forces left.
For all the destruction, it seems that the British wounded from Bladensburg
who had to be left behind were well treated and cared for as POWs. Thornton
recovered fast enough to command again at New Orleans.
Ed Seufert, LCpl
1812 Royal Marines
1st Co/2nd Batt RM
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- I'm So Confused!!!
Today is June 26, the anniversary of the battle of St Leonard's Creek.
Why is the reenactment in September?
I hope to go to the tavern night, anywho.
Vince Wilding (Splotch, Fuzzee and Minnie's Majordomo)
Vince (at) VinceWilding (dot) com --- http://www.VinceWilding.com
http://www.WincingDevil.com (Piratical and reenacting stuff)
When all else fails, blame the cat!