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Civil War Re-enactment, Massena, NY July 28-29th, 2012

Civil War Re-enactment, Massena, NY July 28-29th, 2012

Well, I’m just back from Ogdensburg, NY where I was photographing this year’s version of the re-enactment of the French and Indian War. On the way home from there I stopped on the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence River to pay a quick visit to the site of the Battle of the Windmill and to briefly visit Fort Wellington which was constructed during the latter months of the War of 1812. I will hopefully find time this week to process and upload some of the images from today’s viists and then I’ll have to think about whether I will be able to get to Massena, NY for next week’s re-enactment of the Civil War.

Update July 28th, 2012: I made it to the Saturday re-enactment event and will be uploading photos over the next couple of days. First of the Encampment images here.

Such tough decisions to make :-).

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Fort Wellington National Historic Site, Prescott, Ontario

Fort Wellington National Historic Site, Prescott, Ontario (Location)

I arrived at Fort Wellington today after being a spectator at the re-enactment of the French and Indian War at the former site of Fort de la Presentation on the opposite shore of the St. Lawrence River. It was late in the day, so I decided to just take some shots of the perimeter of Fort Wellington and save a visit inside the fort for a later date.

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War of 1812 Bicentennial

Less than three months until the calendar page is turned to 2012. Throughout many parts of Canada and the United States, re-enactors and historians have been planning for many, many months for the various events for the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The North American based War of 1812 was a war between the Americans and the British over maritime trade issues spinning out from the Napoleonic Wars but American interests in acquiring territory of then Upper and Lower Canada lead to many skirmishes along the shores of the St Lawrence River and the Great Lakes.

This week, the US Embassy previewed a documentary of the War at Canada’s War Museum in Ottawa. It is expected that the documentary will be aired on many PBS channels in the upcoming months. Some Canadian TV vignettes will also be aired over the same period.

In August 2011, I visited Fort Niagara in Upper New York State and, in the previous year, I visited Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Both of these forts were the site of significant skirmishes during the War of 1812. While photographing them, I found myself reflecting back on what fort life might have been like in the two years of on-again off-again battles at those locations located in sight of one another across the Niagara River where that river enters into Lake Ontario.

Although Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture was written to commemorate the Russian defeat of Napoleon in 1812 and had nothing directly to do with the North American based War of 1812, the overture made for interesting background music while I was working on my Fort Niagara  blog today (retroactive posting of my August 20, 2011 trip to Fort Niagara)

Considering that the War of 1812 included the burning of some pretty significant buildings in Washington, DC and the burning of Fort York (Toronto), it will be interesting to see what the many communities have in store for the bicentennial.

I’m looking forward to photographing many forts and re-enactments in the coming year and sharing them on our website. Could be an interesting year.

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New York State Ogdensburg USA

Land Battle Re-enactment of French and Indian War at Ogdensburg, NY July 24th, 2011

July 24th, 2011: Land Battle Re-enactment of French and Indian War at Ogdensburg, NY

For this event I have broken the activity into two sections. This post covers the land battle portion. If interested in our other postings of the July 24th, 2011 Ogdensburg water battle re-enactment, please see:

Water Battle Re-enactment of French and Indian War at Ogdensburg, NY July 24th, 2011

This is the third year that Graeme and I have traveled to Ogdensburg, NY to photograph the various re-enactments. Our Previous postings of these events can be found at:
July 2009 – Plains of Abraham re-enactment
July 2010 – 250th anniversary of the French and Indian Wars. (WATER BATTLE)
July 2010 – 250th anniversary of the French and Indian Wars. (LAND BATTLE)

Last year’s event marked the 250th anniversary and was very well attended both by participants and by attendants. This year’s, attendance was somewhat lower but, as the re-enactment began, a good number of spectators found comfortable viewing positions to watch the events unfolding before them.

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Water Battle Re-enactment of French and Indian War at Ogdensburg, NY July 24th, 2011

Water Battle Re-enactment of French and Indian War at Ogdensburg, NY July 24th, 2011

This is the third year that Graeme and I have traveled to Ogdensburg, NY to photograph the various re-enactments. Our Previous postings of these events can be found at:
July 2009 – Plains of Abraham re-enactment
July 2010 – 250th anniversary of the French and Indian Wars. (WATER BATTLE)
July 2010 – 250th anniversary of the French and Indian Wars. (LAND BATTLE)

On previous occasions we had traveled to Ogdensburg for the Saturday events. For 2011, we decided to do the Sunday event. As in the previous year’s blog, the photos of the 2011 event will be uploaded as two blog entries, one focused on the water battle and the other focused on the land battle. This blog entry covers the water battle re-enactment. You will find the land battle photos, etc. here: Land Battle Re-Enactment of the French and Indian War at Ogdensburg, NY – July 24th, 2011

Many of the participants in these re-enactments sleep out overnight in their basic white tents and cook their meals over open wood fires. It’s part of the true-to-history aspect and part of the fun and adventure although not far from the amenities of civilization.

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New York State Ogdensburg

Ogdensburg, NY – 2011 re-enactment of the French& Indian War

I arrived back from Italy on Saturday night and on Sunday joined with Graeme and others for a trip to Ogdensburg, NY to photograph the second day of the annual re-enactment activities. I will be continuing to post more images from my Italian trip photos first before working on the Ogdensburg photos.  Likewise, Graeme has some other projects that have priority, but we will get around to posting images from Ogdensburg sooner rather than later :-).  For a glimpse at the images from the re-enactments of the past two years please take a look at: Ogdensburg, NY.

UPDATE: September 8, 2011

– The water battle portion of the 2011 re-enactment has now been uploaded. Water Battle Re-enactment of French and Indian War at Ogdensburg, NY July 24th, 2011
– The land battle portion of our 2011 re-enactment photos has now been uploaded. Land Battle Re-Enactment of the French and Indian War at Ogdensburg, NY July 24th, 2011

If you like looking at costume ideas for medieval fair wear you might also find our images from the Osgoode Medieval Fairs to be of some passing interest.

Ron

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New York State Ogdensburg USA

Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration – Ogdensburg, NY (Land battle re-enactment)

Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration - Ogdensburg, NY (Land battle re-enactment)
Fort de la Presentation, Ogdensburg, New York

Plans for rebuilding this historic site are underway as funding permits. To learn more about the organization spearheading this activity, please visit their website at: Fort de la Présentation

Ogdensburg Founder’s Day Reenactment 2010 – Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration, Fort de la Présentation, Ogdensburg, New York State (Land battle re-enactment)

July 17th, 2010 – Traveled across the St. Lawrence River to Ogdensburg, NY in the United States to watch the Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration re-enactment activities at Fort de la Présentation site in Ogdensburg, New York. Amazing number of tents and re-enactors were present in full costume and gear depicting this period of warfare in the 1760’s known as the French and Indian War.


Due to the large number of photos relating to this re-enactment, I’ve broken posting of this event into two parts. A water battle re-enactment in the previous post and then the photos of the land battle re-enactment in this post.

Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration - Ogdensburg, NY (Land battle re-enactment)

Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration - Ogdensburg, NY (Land battle re-enactment)

Gorham’s Rangers (British Troops)Gorham's Rangers, Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration - Ogdensburg, NY (Land battle re-enactment)

Gorham's Rangers, Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration - Ogdensburg, NY (Land battle re-enactment)

Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration - Ogdensburg, NY (Land battle re-enactment)

Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration - Ogdensburg, NY (Land battle re-enactment)

Gorham's Rangers, Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration - Ogdensburg, NY (Land battle re-enactment)

From Wiki: The French and Indian War is the common U.S. name for the war between Great Britain and France in North America from 1754 to 1763. In 1756 the war erupted into the world-wide conflict known as the Seven Years’ War and thus came to be regarded as the North American theater of that war. In Canada, it is usually just referred to as the Seven Years’ War, although French speakers in Quebec often call it La guerre de la Conquête (“The War of Conquest”). In Europe, there is no specific name for the North American part of the war. The name refers to the two main enemies of the British colonists: the royal French forces and the various Native American forces allied with them. Although it is not often mentioned, some factions of the Native American communities provided support to British efforts but the primary Native American alliances were with the French forces during most significant skirmishes during this period of conflict. Further WIKI info.

More photo action on the following pages.

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Ogdensburg re-enactment of The Plains of Abraham battle

Powder Horns ready for battle - Plains of Abraham Re-Enactment, Founders Day 2009, Ogdensburg, New York

Ogdensburg re-enactment of The Plains of Abraham battle

July 19, 2009 – On the recommendation of fellow photographer, Marty Burke, Ron and Graeme met at Ogdensburg, NY (Location) where the Fort La Présentation Association was celebrating its eighth-annual Founder’s Day Weekend with a re-enactment of the battle of the Plains of Abraham which took place near Quebec City in 1759.