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  • Craig Williams
    With mustard... we re not barbarians! ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Message 1 of 7 , May 9 10:46 AM
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      With mustard... we're not barbarians!

      On 9-May-13, at 11:36 AM, Jim wrote:

      > '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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      > >
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