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September 9th through 11th, 2005 - The Battle of Backus Mill

Port Rowan, Ontario

On the weekend of September 10 & 11, The Norfolk Militia hosted the Battle at Backus Mill at the Backus Mill at the Backus Mill Conservation Area near Port Rowan Ontario. Port Rowan is on the north side of Lake Erie.

This year, as a favour to the hosting Norfolk Militia, the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada put aside their redcoats to don the grey tunics of the Incorporated Militia of Upper Connecticut! It was our great pleasure to serve with Captain Tom Hurlbutt of the American Forces. The weekend's event consisted of two morning skirmishes in the woods and a battle each afternoon.

Portraying Americans gave us a whole new insight as to how the British/Canadian line functions! They truly are a formidable force! We enjoyed the experience so much that we have whole-heartedly agreed to be part of the US force again at Backus Mill 2006!

Ted McClelland, an American author, researching material for an upcoming book about life around the Great Lakes was embedded with our regiment for the weekend. Since the middle of June, Ted has been visiting towns, cities and points of interest on both sides of the border. We gladly accepted Ted's request to see what War of 1812 re-enactment life was like.

More information about the Battle of Backus Mill can be found at...

The accompanying pictures are courtesy of Campfollowers Debbie Brown, Sarah Brown, Darlene Kingstone and Bev Hill, Private Gord Mitchell, Bill Longo of the Glengarry Light Infantry and the IMUC-cam!

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