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The Fight for Fort George

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You can’t win ‘em all.  That’s what visitors to Fort George learned this past weekend when they attended the 200th anniversary commemoration re-enactment of the Battle of Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

During the War of 1812, Fort George served as the headquarters for the Centre Division of the British Army including not only British regulars and local militia, but also aboriginal warriors, and Runchey’s corps of freed slaves. In May of 1813, invading American forces attacked the fort and despite the best efforts of those inside, captured it. As fascinated spectators watched this past weekend, colourfully garbed historic re-enactors fought bravely to defend the fort, only to lose it to equally determined re-enactors from the American side.  Naturally In Niagara was on hand to capture every exciting battle scene.

It was at Fort George that Major General Sir Isaac Brock, served until his death at the Battle of Queenston Heights in October 1812 and he and his aide-de-camp John Macdonell were initially buried inside the walls of the fort.

Make sure to watch our other Niagara Battle Re-Enactments!

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Liz Fleming, Managing Editor of NaturallyinNiagara.ca, is an award-winning journalist who writes a weekly travel gear column for The Toronto Star as well as regular travel features for The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, Cruise and Travel Lifestyles Magazine and CAA Travel. She’s currently a featured commentator on the Astral Media radio stations in southern Ontario, providing daily travel ‘minutes’ and is the editor of WO, the White Oaks Magazine.

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