Saturday, October 18, 2014

War of 1812

18 October 2014

Battle of Cook's Mills,  18 & 19 Oct 1814.
Last Battle on Canadian soil in War of 1812

   Drummond sent about 750 men under Lt. Col. Christopher Meyers of the 100th Reg't
to protect Cook's Mills. Americans took Cook's Mills and burned about 200 bushels of wheat.
Americans withdrew back to Ft. Erie. They blew up the Fort on 5 Nov and retired to the
American shore.
  Thus ended the fighting along the Niagara. "The campaign represented strategic success.
The final American attempt to invade Canada had failed"  '1812'  by Jon Latimer, page 344

        As mentioned earlier the convoy carrying the Canadian Contingent was greeted by British
Lt. General EAH Alderson. "Weeks of foul weather turns the training area of Salisbury Plain
into a quagmire
1 Nov 1914
    HMS Good Hope and other ships are destroyed by Germany's Asiatic Squadron off
Coronel, Chile

'Everyone expected a short war but in a short time the slaughter was unexpected with
hundreds of thousands killed and maimed in the opening months.
Ref; WW1 Canada's Ultimate Story.  Canadian Legion Magazine.

As I write this post the War of 1812 is winding down and WW1 is cranking up.
These two historical events are nearly exactly 100 years apart! Year 2014  ??

Friday, October 10, 2014

War of 1812

10 October 2012

75 days to Treaty of Ghent,  24 Dec 1814

Publication; Colonel Christopher Myers  1774-1817
Published by Lanark Co. Archives, 2012,  Author Michael J. Jaques.
  This book covers his life and family and his military service during
the Napoleonic war, then his service in Canada during the War of 1812.
He served for a short time with the 100th/99th Regiment.
The block of land in Perth containing the courthouse was known as
Mount Myers.
It could be stated that this pub. is a family history of the Colonel and his family.
We will hear more about the Colonel after the War of 1812 is over, in this blog.

Returned from the Soo and our visit to Fort Mackinac. What a place, but it is now
mainly a tourist place. However I looked at its historical features. There are no
cars or such there. Only a couple of fire trucks in case of emergency.
Everywhere we went the trees were in colour, if you look past the evergreens.

Friday, September 26, 2014

War of 1812

26 Sept 2014

88 days to the Treaty of Ghent 24 Dec 1814

Today I deviate from my normal posts. The War of 1812 and WW1 activities are a little slow. However the following could be of interest to all who are interested in Canadian History

200 years ago  War of 1812
Ref;  Legion Magazine  Sept/Oct 2014
"On This Date". September items are located on the Legion Website
14 Oct 1914.  The First Canadian Contingent arrives in a massive convoy at Plymouth
  and Devonport. They will soon be training on Salisbury Plain in a sea of mud.
NOTE. Legion Magazine will be selling in October a book entitled.
  "Canada and the Great War  The Battles".  It will be available in all bookstores.

Ref;  Canada's History [Formerly 'The Beaver']  Oct/Nov 2014
Special  Commemorative World War Issue
              The World Wars  How they changed everything
              TV Station TVO is commemorating a Remembrance month this November
                   A few are; Days of Remembrance, Sat 8 Nov - Tues 11 Nov.
                                     Starts with Churchill 11 Nov. at 9 PM.
I'm off on Sunday for a train ride in the Agawa Canyon and a visit to Fort Mackinac,
of War of 1812 fame

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

War of 1812

99 days to Treaty of Ghent

War of 1812
Ref; "And all their Glory Past"  by Donald Graves
 page 377 Weather at Ft. Erie 26 Jul to 21 Sept 1814.  Appendix G
 page 245  Map - The Sortie Fort Erie  17 Sept 1814
 page 241 - 261 Chapter 13, 28 Aug to 21 Sept 1814
17 Sept 1814 Americans stage a successful raid but unable to break the British
                      siege at Fort Erie - appendix F
US Casualties  Lost, 511 men; 79 Killed, 216 Wounded and 216 missing
British Casualties  Lost 579 men; 115 Killed; 148 Wounded and 316 missing [prisoners]
page 261  Sept 17-21. Heavy rains thru camp "a lake in the woods". British marched 4 miles
  north the evening of 21 Sept. to Frenchman's Creek. "bivouacked for the night
  under torrents of rain"

16 Sept 1914  Col. Sam Hughes approved the formation of the
  Canadian Aviation Corps.  [ RCAF formed 1 April 1924]

Monday, September 1, 2014

War of 1812 and WW1

1 Sept 2014

115 Days to Treaty of Ghent

Ref; 'And All Their Glory Past'  by Donald Graves
        Part 3; Deals with Battles at Washington and Lake Champlain
        Part 4; Chapter 12, Fort Erie 28 Aug to 21 Sept 1814
        Map  Washington area page 132
        Map  Lake Champlain  page 142
        Chapter 9; Plattsburg Campaign, 2-10 Sept
        Chapter 10; Battle of Plattsburg, 11 Sept. pg 177-203

Ref;  Legion Magazine, Jul/Aug 2014
       Page 22-30 Aug 2014. Centenary WW1
       'The World Goes Over The Edge'
         Events that led to the outbreak of war detailed across the bottom
         of above pages.
        'On This Date' this issue pages 6 and 7 for August. For month of July
         data was on their web page 1 July.
         For month of Sept on Website 1 Sept, Oct in Sept/Oct issue
I would recommend that anyone interested in Canadian Wars purchase a subscription
to Legion Magazine at the reasonable cost of $18.98 + tax for 2 years [12 issues]

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Walking-Goulbourn-Rideau Canal

13 Aug 2014

War of 1812
  4 Aug 1814  Americans repulsed at Battle of Mackinac
 14 Aug 1814  Schooner 'Nancy' destroyed
 14 Aug 1814 Many British soldier killed when magazine blows up at Fort Erie
 15 Aug 1814 Drummond fails night assault on Fort Erie

  6 Aug 1814 The Canadian Government ratifies the purchase of two
                       subs by British Columbia gov't. The boats are commissioned
                       CC1 and CC2  [Ref; Legion Mag. Special Edition WW1 pg 5]

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

War of 1812

5 Aug 2014
 War of 1812
There is a pause in activities for the next short while. Next will be an attack
on Fort Erie as an attempt is made to move the Americans back across the river.

 Yesterday 4 Aug 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1.
The German Army moved to attack Belgium and the British requested they stop,
which they did not, so Britain declared War. Canada, due to the current situation,
was involved.