War of 1812: Paid respects to the fallen March 1, 2009

A memorial service was held March 1  at Battle Hill.  Members of the Upper Thames Military Re-enactment Society annually pay their respects to those who died in the Battle of the Longwoods near Wardsville on March 6, 1814. After camping at Longwoods Conservation Area and marching from MacArthur Roadside Park to the Battle Hill cairn, they held a service where local people laid down wreaths and the Royal Scots fired a musket salute.

The over night sleep and march during the early part of the day went well, but when the temperature plummeted, the memorial service was a stark reminder of what the men endured on that cold icy day 200 years ago. We cannot imagine.  It was a bloody affair.  

This was the largest turn out of Royal Scots and affiliated parties ever! They all retired to the Wardsville United Church for soup and Nina’s home-made bread after the service.  

The Battle of the Longwoods will mark its bicentennial March 6, 2014. Plans are underway with the Ontario government helping the regions of Niagara, Toronto, Windsor/Chatham, 1000 Islands, Georgian Bay and Sault Ste. Marie with
$  to help commemorate the War of 1812.  Wardsville will also remember.

Researchers have found all the names of those who died fighting for the British at the Battle of the Longwoods and the list of men from the 24th U.S. Infantry who fell is complete. Parks Canada has given permission to post the list on the cairn.

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