In late July through the locks at Sault Ste. Marie would pass the North West Company's entire year's profits in trade goods and furs. At St. Josephs Island were large warehouses containing stores of firearms, gunpowder and liquor. If the Americans secured either of these establishments they would control access to Lake Superior and threaten British holdings in North America, and result in the eventual ruin of the North West Company. It was less than one day's travel to Sault Ste. Marie from the American Fort Mackinac.
For obvious reasons it was advantageous to the British and the North West Company to secure Fort Mackinac. In July 1812 a force consisting of 180 Voyageurs, 300 Indians, and 45 regulars of the 10th Royal Veteran Battalion stationed at St. Josephs Island departed for Fort Mackinac. On July 18th, the American fort was captured.
In October 1812 William McGillivray was given the rank of Lt. Colonel and instructed to arm a company of voyageurs made up of North West Company engagees. Officers of this newly armed corps came from the Scottish gentlemen partners and clerks of the NW Company.
The Corps disbanded in March 1813 in Lachine, Quebec, after serving in engagements at St. Regis (23 Oct.) and LaColle (20 Nov.) in 1812.
Most of the Officers, NCO's and men returned to the interior of British North America to continue in employment with the NWC. Some did remain in Lower Canada and were assigned to other units and duties. Most notable among these was Major Archibald Norman McLeod.
Maj. McLeod remained as a Staff Officer in Quebec, and as a liase between Lt. Col. MacGillivary and the NWC. It was during this time that Maj. McLeod most likely made his aquaintance with the DeMeuron Regiment, after their arrival in 1813.
Membership is not restricted to local people. We have many associates as far west as Brandon, Manitoba, as well as Wisconsin and Minnesota, in the US.
We make and reproduce clothing, tools and equipment as it was done during
the period. This can be quite a task, as sewing machines were not invented
yet. This means that all the clothes had to be stiched by hand!
Annual War of 1812 Events that we take part in are:
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