- Published on May 27, 2012
With the bicentennial of the declaration of war by the Americans on British North America in 1812 rapidly approaching, the Cornwall Community Museum in the Wood House, has prepared a small exhibit of original artifacts.
The exhibit highlights a bronze and wood Indian Peace Pipe found at St. Raphael’s; a naval cutlass owned by Lt. Donald McMartin of the 2nd Regiment Glengarry Militia, a unit that saw action at the Battle of Hoople’s Creek; a cannon ball found in a backyard on Aberdeen Street, likely buried during the American occupation of Cornwall; a belt plate of the 89th Royal Irish Regiment of Foot, a formation that along with the 49th regiment bore the brunt of the fighting at the Battle of Crysler’s Farm; a large 19th century painting from the John Sandfield Macdonald family of Bishop Alexander MacDonell, who took part in the taking of Ogdensburg and a Military General Service Medal with a Battle of Crysler’s Farm clasp awarded to battle veteran, along with other paintings, maps and artifacts with a local connection related to the War.
Described by Americans as the “Second War of Independence” because the British did not defeat the former 13 Colonies; the war that defined British North America because the Americans did not conquer Canada, and the war the British forgot because of the relatively few men involved – the War of 1812 had direct impact on Cornwall and SD & G, from the defeat of American forces at Crsyler’s Farm to the evacuation of Cornwall and the raising of the Glengarry Fencibles, perpetuated today as the SD & G Highlanders.
The exhibit will be on display Wednesday to Sunday throughout the summer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., admission to the museum is free.