War of 1812 Bicentennial

sland to host capture of Fort Mackinac event July 17

Posted Jul 10, 2012

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Mackinac Island, Mich. —

A commemorative reenactment honoring the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Capture of Fort Mackinac will take place Tuesday, July 17 at Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island. Director of Mackinac State Historic Parks and Chairman of the State of Michigan War of 1812 Commission Phil Porter made the announcement.

This commemoration of the capture of the Fort Mackinac features a large number of interpreters portraying British, Canadian, and Native American forces from the era. The event will also feature guest speakers and a compelling narrative, retelling the story of the original capture as reenactors portray the events.

The commemoration ceremony will cover the build-up to the War of 1812 as well as the events that led to the capture, drawing upon many original accounts from both military and civilian sources. Just as the British and Native Americans would have 200 years ago when the fort was successfully recaptured and the Americans surrendered, the finale will include a raucous series of more than a dozen celebratory cannon and musket firings.

In addition to the capture of Fort Mackinac, the reconstructed War of 1812 sloop Friends Good Will will be moored in the harbor to provide a naval element to the reenactment.

There is no charge for this event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island. For more information, visit mackinacparks.com.

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