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Bombardment to Treaty - Fort Wayne, Detroit

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  • RogerH11
    This is a reminder that the Bombardment to Treaty event is this weekend on the anniversary of the Surrender of Detroit. The location is at Fort Wayne,
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 15 7:45 PM
      This is a reminder that the Bombardment to Treaty event is this weekend on the anniversary of the Surrender of Detroit. The location is at Fort Wayne, Detroit.

      Due to the makeup of the units coming to the event, this will most likely be a living history event. Any last minute attendance of Crown Forces or 1st Nation units that we can surrender to or shoot at could allow for the inclusion of a surrender ceremony or a technical demonstration akin to the Brownstown skirmish.

      There will be period camping inside the fort. There is also room in the 1846 barracks. The barracks have been restored and have heat & air. There are modern restrooms and showers available. Modern camping is also permitted but there are no hook-ups available. Firewood for two common fire pits, water & straw (as necessary) will be provided. The Fort is secured and guarded with constant drive-throughs by the security.

      Registration will be on-site, with a waiver form to be signed by participants, and rules explained. There is no advance registration required.

      Arrival and setup can be any time Friday. During Saturday & Sunday, please complete setups by 9:00 AM and wait unit 4:00 PM for tear down when the fort closes to the public.

      Saturday dinner of grilled burgers, hot dogs and chicken along with salad and other fixings will be provided. There will be no food vendors on fort grounds. Mexican Village, home of many varied Mexican restaurants, is just down the road where many others have eaten during previous events.

      Re-enactors will have the full run of the site including the Parade Ground which is outside of the fort. Discharge of muskets is not limited to tactical demonstrations, so they can be fired during drill or practice including night volleys.

      This is the current schedule:
      Saturday
      9:00- Flag raising - open to public (0900-1600)
      12:00- Historical Speaker - Author James Conway
      11:00- 2:00- cannon demos
      4:00- End of public visitation
      6:30- Re-enactor dinner provided by Historic Fort Wayne Coalition

      Sunday
      9:00- Flag raising - open to public (0900-4:00)
      12:00- Historical Speaker
      11:00- 2:00- cannon demos
      4:00- End of public visitation

      The fort is also home to the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum which is a nice, quaint museum. A knowledgeable tour guide will direct you to a film, historical documents, uniforms, etc.

      Fort Wayne Detroit is located at 6325 West Jefferson, Detroit, MI right on the Detroit river. While the fort was built in the 1840s & 1850s, the site is home to two important War of 1812 events 1) July 5, 1812 Bombardment of Sandwich. This was the first Land Battle of the War of 1812. The Michigan militia, probably Captain Stephen Mack's Detroit Militia Battery, fired artillery across the Detroit River from the sand hill of Springwells into the Canadian town of Sandwich, now Windsor 2) August 16, 1812 Site of British General Isaac Brock's army invasion of the United States. His force of 730, accompanied by 600 Native American warriors, crossed the Detroit River and landed at the Springwells sand hill shore to capture the town and fort of Detroit three miles to the east. Detroit and Michigan were occupied by the forces of Great Britain for 13 months.

      For more information or to indicate your attendance, please contact Tom Berlucchi at 248-840-5234 or tberlucchi `at' yahoo.com

      You can also see additional information at http://www.historicfortwaynecoalition.com/1812.html or http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/43581880083/?bookmark_t=group

      Roger Heiple #2
      US Marines
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