War of 1812 re-enactment at Westfield

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be a soldier in the War of 1812, then mark this day on your calendar.

On Sunday, April 28 from 12:30 to 4:00, members of the recreated Upper Canada Militia and the 89th Regiment of Foot will be training at Westfield Heritage Village.

Spokesperson Brittany Berlinghoff says when the Americans attacked Canada in 1812, all Canadian men between 16 and 60 had to be ready to take up arms to defend their country against the invaders.

They reinforced the British Forces and successfully repelled multiple attacks for three years.

On this special afternoon, the red coated soldiers from the recreated 89th Regiment from Britain will be helping to train the citizen soldiers to become an effective fighting force.

You’ll be able to watch the group practice early 19th century battle drills, maneuvers, and tactics and inspect the uniforms and weapons- detailed reproductions of those worn and used by Canadian and British soldiers in the War of 1812.

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