British forces lost the day
Mother's Day provided perfect weather for a re-enactment of an 1814 skirmish in
the War of 1812, but alas, it did not save the day for the hapless British troops
wiped out nearly to a man by the invading Americans.
By the second year of the War of 1812 both British and American troops spent much
of their time raiding settlers' farms in search of food, but from time to time small
groups in the opposing forces would happen upon each other as they traversed the
country side. It was just such a skirmish that happened on this day (in 2014).
Although cavalry had been on patrol in the area, they were no where to be found
when this skirmish broke out. The British forces were trapped between the American
soldiers and their native allies, who had switched their allegiance from the British.
Dragging a cannon with them, when attacked from behind the British did not run for
cover; rather, they stopped to prime and fire their cannon. By the time they got
one cannon shot fired, the American soldiers were firing muskets at them from what
was now the British rear.
Despite being an excellent target in his bright red coat, no one shot at the British
officer. Unlike modern warfare where soldiers quickly move to cut off the head of
the snake to throw the troops into disarray, in those days shooting at officers
wasn't done. Enlisted personnel were sacrificed but officers were spared.
The British finally fled the field when the officer was down to only 2 or 3 men
left. The Americans caught them and the British officer surrendered his sword. The
American officer took it, then gave it back to him as a token of professional respect
for his courage in the field.
Archaic concepts and archaic methods of war from a time long gone, but faithfully
and accurately re-created by this troop of re-enactment actors. Well done!