- Fort Niagara
Message sent to All 1812 Unit Commanders
(but one may have been missed)
Do not forget to register for
The 2007 Annual 1812 Grand Tactical at Old Fort Niagara
Youngstown, New York.
(All 1812 Forces encouraged to attend)
If you have any questions, contact
Douglas W. DeCroix
Director of Research & Special Projects
Old Fort Niagara
P.O. Box 169
Youngstown, NY 14174-0169
OLD FORT NIAGARA
War of 1812 Grand Tactical
July 21-22, 2007
Deadline for registration: July 6, 2007
Type of Unit:
Arrival (date and approx time):
Departure: (date and approx.time):
Number of Participants (please list each category)
Artillery Units: List number of guns and sizes
Cavalry Units: List number of horses
Barracks Space (if already approved)
Tents: (please list number, type and rope-to-rope sizes)
Please return via e-mail or post to: <d_squared6(at)yahoo.com>
Douglas W. DeCroix Old Fort Niagara P.O. Box 169 Youngstown, NY
Dear War of 1812 Unit Commanders & Contacts:
It is my pleasure to invite you and your unit to attend the War of
1812 reenactment community's 2007 Grand Tactical, to be held at Old
Fort Niagara on July 21-22. As the only original War of 1812
fortification in the Niagara Region, and one of the only such
fortifications on the entire Great Lakes, Fort Niagara is truly a
unique historic site, and I am sure you will enjoy your weekend here.
In addition to the site itself, we opened our new Visitor Center last
June, which contains the U.S. flag captured by the British in 1813,
as well as ahost of other significant War of 1812 artifacts.
This "sister" to the Ft. McHenry flag is considered one of the three
most signicant U.S. flags in existence. You won't want to miss your
chance to see this important artifact.
There are many things being planned for the event that will hopefully
make it one to remember. Included in this list are three tactical
demonstrations, including an amphibious landing and a recreation of
the actual British night assault on the fortin "real time!" There
will also be a variety of other programs, including a women's
clothing workshop by Susan Spencer. Please take a moment to read over
the participant and safety guidelines for the site, which are also
attached with this e-mail. Old Fort Niagara will be providing
firewood and water for the weekend, along with breakfast (coffee,
tea, hot choc, milk, donuts) and lunch each day.
For those who have not attended an event at Old Fort Niagara before,
please note that it is our long-standing policy not to accept
individual registrations in advance. Please send one unit
registration form (attached) for your unit. Do not allow individual
members to attempt to register themselves, as they will be turned
away. This makes pre-registration much easier for us, and more
organized for you as well in the long run. It also prevents folks who
do not belong to a bonafide unit from "sneaking in under the wire" as
it were. We will have individual registration forms and waivers when
people arrive on site. You may return the unit registration form to
me via email (d_squared6@...), by fax (716-745-9141), or via
snail mail, if that is more convenient. General information on the
fort, including directions, may be had at our website:
I am very much looking forward to seeing everyone in July!! If you
have any questions or concerns in the meantime, do not hesitate to
Douglas W. DeCroix
Director of Research & Special Projects
OLD FORT NIAGARA
WAR OF 1812 GRAND TACTICAL
JULY 21-22, 2007
1. Participation will be limited to registered units depicting troops
and campfollowers of the 1812-1815 period. No non-period uniforms are
2. Living history activities will begin at 9:00a.m. and conclude on
at 4:30p.m. on the days the event is scheduled to run. Participants
are requested to remain for the entire program.
3. Participants are to be in period dress while the Fort is open to
the public. No cigarettes or other anachronisms are allowed in front
of the public.
4. Due to NYS Health requirements, No persons will be allowed inside
the Museum Shop, Snack Bar, or any of the historic buildings with
5. Units are requested to bring regimental colors and drums and fifes.
6. COMMANDING OFFICERS WILL BE APPOINTED BY THE OLD FORT NIAGARA
ASSOCIATION. A mandatory meeting of all unit
commanders/representatives will be scheduled for each morning of the
event, in front of the fort office.
7. Old Fort Niagara safety standards will be observed. A complete
copy may be obtained at the Administrative Office. A summary is
included at the end of these guidelines.
8. An Old Fort Niagara Staff member and the Provost are on duty
throughout the event. After visitor hours a staff person will be on
duty in a designated area.
9. Please check in on your arrival at Registration. This allows
accurate meal planning and other administrative tasks and makes it
easier for friends to find you. It also allows us to update our
10. Sutlers are welcome to attend by invitation. A separate area will
be provided. Displays must be appropriate to the period (i.e. modern
books, etc. must be kept from view). Sutlers must register and will
be regulated by specific sales guidelines which are available upon
11. Units are requested to bring tentage. Consideration for indoor
quartering will be given upon request. Sorry, no straw inside any
building. Anyone wishing to remain overnight on the last event day
must notify the Director of Research & Special Projects or the office
by noon of that day.
12. Participants are strongly discouraged from bringing animals.
Those who must bring pets should notify the fort in advance. Owners
should bring proof of vaccinations with them to the event. All
animals are to be kept on a leash, attended and under control at all
13. A limited number of modern campsites will be available. There are
no hookups or other amenities. Contact us if you plan to be taking
advantage of this.
14. Permanent and temporary fire pads have been installed in the camp
area. No other fire pits may be dug. Due to the limited number of
pads, cooperation with each other is a must Provide a period bucket,
filled with water, for each unit using a pit. No anachronistic
folding canvas buckets, please.
15. Old Fort Niagara will provide firewood, water, breakfast and
lunch on both days. Meals will be provided only to participants in
period dress. Showers will be available at certain posted times each
day. Specific time will be available at on-site registration. Non-
costumed dependents will be admitted to the site at any time upon
identifying themselves at the entrance, where they must receive and
wear a (free) guest ticket.
16. Participants and dependents are entitled to employee discounts on
refreshments at the Old Fort Niagara Trading Post and a 10% discount
on most publications and shop purchases. Please, identify yourself
before making a purchase.
17. Vehicles are not permitted overnight in the Fort, in the Ditch or
along the Postern Gate Hill at anytime. Vehicles will be ticketed
and/or towed by New York State Park Police. Vehicles may load and
unload before the Fort opens (out by 8:30am) and at other times
designated at each event.
18. As more people make use of barracks space, problems have
developed. As units/individuals are assigned these spaces it is their
responsibly to kept them clean. Please note the following, a) Clean
up and keep areas free of litter, notable SUNDAY MORNINGS. b) If
candles are used, clean up melted wax. c) If you unscrew a light
bulb, screw back in again. d) NO SMOKING in any building at anytime,
including after hours. e) If you throw it up, clean it up. f)
Furniture may be moved, with Staff approval (in advance), and must be
returned to its proper location as soon as possible. Rooms must be
kept accessible and presentable to visitors during business hours. If
any of the above are violated, the unit or person will not be allowed
use of quarters.
19. Old Fort Niagara Staff and appointed program officers are
responsible for the safety of visitors, participants and historic
buildings. Individuals or units which fail to follow their directions
will be removed from the site.
OLD FORT NIAGARA
As noted in the guidelines, Old Fort Niagara safety standards are
specified for this site. These regulations are based on the
Guidelines for Black Powder and Edged Weapons Use at New York's State
Historic Sites. The following points are called to your attention.
1. Black powder brought to the site must be in prepared paper
cartridges, without staples or tape. Bulk powder is not allowed
without special arrangements. Staff members will store bulk powder in
the site magazine. Bulk powder is never to be stored in any historic
building. Cartridges and maximum loads are specified as 125 grains of
FFg or FFFg powder for muskets, 90 grains FFg or FFFg powder for
flintlock rifles. While empty powder horns may be carried for
interpretive purposes, only priming horns containing no more than one
(1) ounce of powder may be used in loading weapons.
2. Units and unit commanders are responsible for the safe and
serviceable condition of all weapons. This will be inspected by Staff
and/or Provost before each firing program. All weapons must be modern
reproductions. No original weapons may be fired. All flintlock
firearms must have flashguards and hammerstalls. Hammerstalls are to
remain in place until the "present/take aim" command, and be replaced
3. No firearm shall be pointed towards another person - visitor or
reenactor. In Tactical Weapons Demonstrations firearms will be
elevated above opposing forces. Fire and forward movement will cease
when both sides are within one hundred (100) feet. While hand guns
(pistols) are allowed at Old Fort Niagara, none shall be carried or
fired in a tactical demonstration. Note: SNY code section 265,
subdivision 14 states that reproduction handguns are legal only if
unloaded. To fire, you must have a New York State handgun permit.
4. All edged weapons other than pole arms must have proper sheaths.
No closing with edged weapons is permitted. Bayonets may be fixed,
and units may advance. However, all movement will cease at one
hundred (100) feet from the nearest opposed-side person. No weapons
(tomahawks, axes, knives, arrows, or fired projectiles) may be thrown
at any time.
5. Each artillery piece must be inspected by Old Fort Niagara staff
or an appointed safety officer. Artillery must be double-sponged and
double-wormed for all firing. Minimum interval between firing and the
loading of the next round is five (5) minutes. Priming tubes, paper
cartridges or friction primers are the only means that may be used
for ignition. Linstocks or lanyards will be used for firing.
6. Maximum loads for artillery are as follows: 3 pdr=6 ounces Fg or
Cannon grade black powder; 6 pdr & Civil War guns= 10 ounces Fg or
Cannon grade black powder. Artillery rounds are to be made of
aluminum foil, double or triple wrapped, and constructed so as to
have a distinct "top" and "bottom."
7. Any artillery misfire in a tactical demonstration or program will
end that weapon's use in that program. No action to place the weapon
back in service for that demonstration is allowed. No artillery piece
is to be moved in a loaded condition in any demonstration, whether or
not as a result of a misfire.
8. Site staff and appointed safety officers may stop an action at any
time if a safety violation is noted. Participants must police the
field of spent cartridges at the end of all demonstrations
July 21-22 War of 1812 Annual Grand Tactical,
Fort Niagara - Youngstown, NY
(All Crown & U.S. Forces encouraged to attend)
Please have you Commander Register Now . . .
"The Big 1812 Event for 2007"
Larry Lozon (L2)
Upper Canada (Ontario)
United States Forces 1812
Crown Forces North America 1812
2007 WAR Of 1812 Events
Sutlers & Merchants
- Hello All,On behalf of the Crown Forces Staff, I would like to say thank you to everyone that participated in the Fort Niagara event last Thursday. I was blown away by the number of people that participated in the early morning march and the event as a whole. It was a fabulous way to commemorate this event.During the battle, I took the opportunity to stop and watch for a moment. I think we gave the audience an incredible show. Seeing the reenactors silhouetted against the snow was a very eerie, and yet very authentic perspective. Other reenactments will be hard-pressed to show this level of realism to future crowds.There are two people that deserve special thanks for this event. Jere Brubaker of Fort Niagara had the vision for this event at least a year ago and worked very hard to make it a reality. Everything seemed to be planned to a minute detail, and I would like to thank Jere for all his work in pulling this off.In addition, Peter Martin is to be thanked for opening his Fort to us as well. The two shuttle buses across the border were entirely paid for by Parks Canada, and Peter worked very hard to ensure as smooth a border crossing as possible. I would like to thank Peter for all his efforts as well.Happy Holidays, everyone, and we'll see you at Longwoods,Chris McKay