It’s 1814 and the Northwest Company has endured the loss of several cargo schooners. Supplies and warehouses at Sault Ste Marie have been burned and now the Americans, camped just outside the palisade at Fort William are planning to attack.
The partners must decide what to do – do they fight for their lives and property or do they order their employees to stand down in an effort to avoid bloodshed. This of course is a scenario that we can only speculate about, as no battle at Fort William with the Americans ever did take place historically.
Spotting the Americans
However, Fort William Historical Park has portrayed this event in an effort to celebrate the War of 1812 Bi-centennial and to illustrate period military tactics to visitors. Corps members were just happy to show up and shoot at Americans – or should we say, to shoot at each other as CCV members were needed to provide re-enactors on both sides of the battle field.
British take cover as skirmish begins
Day 1 began with the spotting of the Americans camped outside the Fort. British forces within the Fort mustered quickly and before they knew it, were drawn into a skirmish with the Americans, who were determined to test their resolve.
Americans attempt to advance, then fall back
British watch while Americans fall back
With the initial skirmish over, each side returns to their respective camp.
Later, an American boat is seen on the river, bringing reinforcements. British Credit union order
and Canadian Corps of Voyageurs assemble on the warf. The Americans initiate another skirmish and both sides continue to return fire until the American boat passes by completely.
American reinforcements on their way
Marching to the warf
One last volley
The Native leaders have already pledged their assistance in fending off the Americans. The partners meet in the Great Hall and have a heated discussion regarding the events of the day and the pending battle. At last they decide to fight – British regulars and militia are mustered to defend the Fort, whatever the cost.
Americans prepare to advance
British return fire
Each side closes in fully and casualties increase. Eventually, the commanding officers meet and discuss a truce. The Americans believe they have taken the field and issue an ultimatum – the Fort must surrender by the next day or the Americans will return and complete their task of taking the Fort by force.
Both sides close in despite their casualties (photo courtesy FWHP)
A truce is discussed (photo courtesy FWHP)
Both sides collect their dead and wounded and retire from the battle field.
Removing the casualties (photo courtesy FWHP)
Want to see more pictures? See the Day 1 Gallery post.
The weekend of July 21st-22nd marked the Annual Celtic Fair at Fort William Historiical Park. As promised, the weekend was filled with several entertainers, pipe band and sword fighting demonstrations and highland games. The Canadian Corps of Voyageurs was on … Continue reading
CCV member assists Fort Staff rolling musket tubes for Battle
The Americans have declared war and it is only a matter of time before Fort William is likely to be attacked.
Well, it’s actually just two weeks away! Staff at FWHP and members of the CCV have been making ready for The War of 1812 Bicentennial Salute, set for July 28th and 29th at Fort William Historical Park.
There is still time to volunteer for this event – please see the FWHP site for contact information.
The Canadian Corps of Voyageurs was on hand once again in support of this worthy cause. Check out the Relay for Life Thunder Bay page and see the summary results of this year’s event. It’s not too late to donate either!
Preparations are already being made for next year, June 14th 2013. What will you do to partcipate?
Ok, easy tiger … it’s Cancer we are supposed to be fighting!
The Canadian Corps of Voyageurs is proud to continue to give our support to The Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life. It will be our honour to once again fire our salute and to lead out the cancer survivors in their victory lap.
Relay for Life Thunder Bay
The Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life is more than just a fundraiser. It is an opportunity to get together with family and friends and celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back in the hope of finding a cure for this terrible disease. Look here.
Celebrate – Remember – Fight Back!
June 15, 2012 – 7 pm to 7 am
Fort William Historical Park, Thunder Bay, Ontario
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Honour Guard 2011
The Canadian Corps of Voyageurs has for many years been honoured to participate in the Relay For Life.
Here we are at the June 17th 2011 event.