Plans unveiled for War of 1812 re-enactment

Mar 13, 2014

A battle is brewing in Oakland.

Bicentennial commemorations of the War of 1812 will bring a major gathering to the village of Oakland this summer.

“(The Battle of Malcolm’s Mills) truly was a milestone event for building our nation,” South Brant Lions Club member John Paddon said.

On June 28, 2014, the Battle of Malcolm’s Mills – the site of the final battle fought on Canadian soil during the War of 1812 – will come to life as war re-enactors from across the province converge on Lions Park in Oakland to commemorate the battle’s 200th anniversary.

Representatives from the County of Brant and the Lions Club met at the Oakland Community Centre on Tuesday to unveil plans for The Last Shot Fired event.

The actual battle was on Nov. 6, 1814, when close to 700 mounted Kentuckians invaded Upper Canada. They burned mills that supplied British forces and decimated the economy.

The forces attacked about 150 soldiers from the First and Second Norfolk, First Oxford and First Middlesex regiments and First Nations warriors at Malcolm’s Mills. The British forces were defeated and the mill was burned.

“If First Nations people and settlers didn’t stand up and fight, this country wouldn’t have been what it is today,” County of Brant Mayor Ron Eddy said.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. on June 28.

There will be two re-enactment battles staged during the day, one at 1:30 p.m. and the other at 4 p.m.

Re-enactors will set up an authentic camp with vendors, demonstrations and a mini militia.

The County of Brant will also hold a memorial and grave marker dedication in the Oakland Pioneer Cemetery.

The Brian Pickell Band will perform at 5:30 p.m. and the day will close after fiddlers play at 7:30 p.m.

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