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.