War of 1812 Bicentenary – Remembering the Surrender of Fort Detroit

20Aug12

OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY – A dramatic reconstruction of the exciting events leading up to the Battle for Fort Detroit!

War of 1812 Bicentenary

Cardiff Castle. August Bank Holiday.  25th and 26th at 4pm.

The 41st (Welch) Regiment of Foot served with distinction in Canada during the War of 1812, supported by Canadian Militia and Native Americans. There were two main American threats, one on the Niagara front and the other on the Detroit River to the west. General Brock left the Niagara front with 250 men to reinforce the 41st who were watching the Fort at Detroit.

At midnight on August 15th, 1812 our force crossed the river undiscovered, and as morning came moved to the attack. The British came closer, a white flag was raised and Detroit Fort was surrendered, winning the 41st the Battle Honours of ‘Detroit’ and ‘Miami’ and saving Canada for the Empire.

To commemorate this important anniversary, there will be an authentic military camp, drill displays by both the British and USA Infantry, demonstrating marching and live musket fire. This all culminates with a re-enactment battle of the surrender of Fort Detroit.

 This spectacular event in the grounds of Cardiff Castle uses the voices of actors, specially composed dramatic music and fully-costumed re-enactors (with live musket and cannon fire!) to tell the story of the battle for Fort Detroit through the eyes of a welsh soldier in the 41st Regiment.

For further information, please contact Rachel Silverson, Museum Curator on 029 2078 8598 or by emailing curator@cardiffcastlemuseum.org.uk

Listen here for a taster of what to expect at the weekend:  http://tim-riley.co.uk/?p=712

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