By Ian Mather
Administrator/Editor 1812 News
June 24, 2012
FORT ERIE, Ontario, A few hundred spectators turned out today to watch a small re-enactment of the Battle of Frenchman’s Creek. The Battle took place in November of 1812. The battle was a raid by the American forces to prepare for a larger inavasion.
Prior to the re-enactment was a Wreath laying ceremony honouring the fallen soldiers that died in the Battle. Wreaths were also laid in honour of the Natives that gave their lives and two Wreaths were laid by direct decendants of Soldiers that were killed in the Battle.
General Rick Hillier was in attendance to present one of the Wreaths. General Hillier also did an informal inspection of the troops prior to the re-enactment.
General Rick Hillier presents a Wreath honouring the Soldiers that gave their lives during the Battle of Frenchman’s Creek.
Comrade Ed Pigeau of the Royal Canadian Legion presents a Wreath in remembrance of the Battle.
A young boy lays a wreath in memory of his direct descendants that were killed during the Battle of Frenchman’s Creek.
A moment of Silence after the Wreath laying ceremony.
General Rick Hillier does an informal inspection of the re-enactors before the battle.
Waiting for for the battle
No height requirement in those days.
Jim Wellheiser is dressed as Maj. John Norton, a Chief of the Iroquois Six Nations
Some images from the re-enactment.
All photos ©Ian Mather