Re: [WarOf1812] Crossing the Border - Fort Meigs "First Seige" event, May 24-25, 2003
- Good tips for the traveller.
Yes, it was a splendid event. The predicted rain never materialized, good
drill and tacticals, fun skits like chasing cannon balls during the lantern
tours, a spontaneous parley to retrieve a captive of the natives (not sure
her husband was happy to get her back!), and best of all that most rare
thing... The British line outnumbered 3:1 by us Yanks! Oh, and how can I
forget the prime rib dinner on Saturday given by the site? Nice for me in
that I got to put a face to Jim and Andrew's names from the YahooList.
To echo Jim's comments the new site is even better than before, with an
outstanding museum. Plus a discount for reenactors in the gift/book shop.
It's a 10 hour drive for me, but I've yet to be disappointed. And a special
thanks to Captain Sparkle!
"A man only needs two things in life. WD40 to make things go, duct tape to
make them stop."
>Subject: [WarOf1812] Crossing the Border - Fort Meigs "First Seige" event,
>May 24-25, 2003
>Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 11:22:41 -0400
>I thought I would share with the List my experience on the border at
>Windsor/Detroit the past weekend.
>I was travelling solo to attend the Fort Meigs 1812 First Seige Weekend.
>This event was *excellent*, by the way. The new museum at Meigs is large
>and absolutely first rate. The site was always one of the most awesome in
>the world of 1812. With the new museum complex it must now be considered a
>"must-do" place of pilgrimage for all 1812'ers. As for the event itself,
>as usual we were treated like kings all weekend.
>Lessons from the above:
>On the way to Meigs, I was wearing my redcoat. On the way back, only my
>barracks jacket. Sight of a redcoat seems to allay custom dude concerns on
>both sides of the border.
>Recommendation: always wear your redcoat (or, bluecoat) if you wish to
>maximize your chances of getting through customs quickly.
>I would say my interactions with the customs dudes last weekend were on a
>par with pre- 9-11 interactions. I was pleased.
>41st Regiment of Foot
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