Grand River : War of 1812 Commemoration


Many Loyalists and their descendants also fought in the War of 1812 in which the British forces in Upper and Lower Canada repulsed the attacks by the new American republic in its quest to absorb much of the North American land base.

The region of today's Southern Ontario was the scene of military action and the Grand River area was the location of many battles and attacks.

Battle of Malcolm's Mills.  The Raid of Port Dover and Long Point.  Campbell's Raid.  The Skirmish at Grand River.  Troops on both sides marched through the Grand River region, branding indelible marks of a war that never should have been... with an inconclusive decision of either the victors or the vanquished.

Recruiting Six Nations warriors to join the fight against the Americans must have given young Haudenosaunee the opportunity to prove their courage in battle, much as their fathers had done in the American Revolution.  Once again, Loyalist sentiment was a compelling motivation, if not the sole compulsion for fighting for the defence of Upper Canada.

Grand River Branch supports the War of 1812 commemorative events and activities as the Loyalist experience doesn't end with the Treaty of Paris of 1783.  The sentiments of Loyalist convictions were evident throughout the War of 1812 and continue to this day.

Rather than delve into the extensive minutia of the entire War of 1812, Grand River Branch wishes to acknowledge and pay tribute to the extremely hard work which is presently underway by dedicated Province-wide volunteers to make the War of 1812 Commemoration a tremendous success.

We extend our best wishes for a very memorable 2012 Commemoration to all involved... organizers, participants and observers alike.

For a wealth of resources on the War of 1812


the latest updates on the War of 1812 Commemoration:  - and -

-:  Western Corridor War of 1812 website  :-

An excellent website covering various

 War of 1812 events and commemorations throughout Ontario:


Throughout 2011 and 2012, Grand River Branch will host a number of War of 1812-themed speakers and presentations.

As future developments and plans materialize, we'll post the schedules here.

 April 26, 2011


Six Nations Legacy Consortium    ���  Six Nations of the Grand River  ���

The Six Nations Legacy Consortium (SNLC)

Is hosting an evening to apprise the community of our initiatives, research and plans for the commemoration of the War of 1812.

The evening will feature presentations by:

  • Dr. Carl Benn, Chair of the Department of History, Ryerson University and author of ���The Iroquois in the War of 1812���
  • Rick Hill, Six Nations Historian, Writer and Coordinator, Indigenous Knowledge Centre
  • Keith Jamieson, SNLC Director will present on the Strategic Plans for the Commemoration Period 2012-2015

When:    Tuesday, April 26th, 2011  Map of meeting location

Where:   Six Nations Polytechnic    (map)                                   Click icon for map>>

Time:      7:00 - 9:00 pm

Refreshments will be served and a question and answer period will follow the presentations.

The SNLC is looking to the community to come and share their stories and information with us so that we can include these in our research initiatives.

 May 15, 2011


Monthly Meeting       ���  Brantford  ���

  Friendship House Brant (link)

      452 Grey St. N.

     Brantford ON              N3S 4X8  Map of meeting location


                                Click icon for map>>


2:00pm  Refreshments

2:30pm  Meeting


Program : Adrienne Horne will be providing details about the War of 1812 Commemoration.


After the meeting, please join us for dinner!

 June 19, 2011  


Monthly Meeting      ���  Woodstock  ���

  First Baptist Church

     603 Adelaide St. 

     Woodstock ON         N4S 4B8  Map of meeting location


                                Click icon for map>>


2:00pm Refreshments                 

2:30pm Meeting


Program: Glenn Stott will present 'The War of 1812 & Oxford County Involvement'.


After the meeting, please join us for dinner!

In 2012, we will have J.Brian Gilchrist talk to us about Loyalists and their children and grandchildren in the war.  


With 45 years experience in genealogical research and education, Mr. Gilchrist will undoubtedly have a great deal of insight to share!      


Western Corridor War of 1812

Bicentennial Alliance


A Call for War of 1812 submissions

-::  Western Corridor War of 1812 Bicentennial Alliance Facebook page  ::-


  Western Corridor

 Information Sheet

Newsletter: Summer 2011


Newsletter: Spring 2011


A documentary project titled "Rural Raids and Divided Loyalties: Southwestern Ontario and the War of 1812" is looking for personal stories and "heroes" for this three-part documentary .

The following PDF submission form may be downloaded and filled out should you have something you'd like to add to this project.

 RAIDS_Committee_Questionaire.pdf (65 kb)

1812 Participation Checklist : Do you know of Mystery Stories, Gravesites, Events, Artifacts, Images and Peace Gardens?

-:  Checklist of needs and Contacts  :-Western_Corridor_Checklist.doc (51 kb)

Show your War of 1812 Commemoration support

Plant Red Geraniums!

Commemoration organizers are asking communities and residents to plant Red Geraniums in 2012 as a symbol of remembrance and acknowledgement of the sacrifices made during the War of 1812.

More information...

War of 1812 Weatern Corridor Powerpoint presentation

Click on the image of the Battle of Queenston Heights on the left to open a Powerpoint presentation in a new window.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Re-enactment of 

the Battle of Stoney Creek!

-:  2011 Reenactment PDF : 4 MB  :-Battlefield House Museum and Park, National Historic Site presents the annual Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek on June 4 and 5, 2011.  The event was once again declared one of the top 100 events in Ontario by Festivals and Events Ontario in 2011.


Discover Canadian heritage and bring the whole family and re-live firsthand the thrill and pageantry of the battle that was the turning point of the War of 1812.


Visit the encampment and mingle with early 19th century settlers and soldiers as they go about their daily life.  Shop among one-of-a-kind merchants.  Witness historical demonstrations of cooking, dancing, blacksmithing and more. Food, games, musical entertainment.  Wander through the original 200 year old Gage homestead.  Step back in time and take the opportunity to listen to the Indian war hero Tecumseh as he recounts his life.

--:  WNED website : War of 1812  :--


UELAC Honourary Vice-President Zig Misiak has written a book, 'War of 1812 : Western Hooves of Thunder', which Grand River Branch is offering at a special reduced price of $15 plus $5 shipping and handling...


....and for $20.00 total, it's delivered right to your mailbox !

For more information, please click   here    to be taken to the Grand River Book Sale page.