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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2019 9:05 p.m. PST

…of the 41st Regiment during the War of 1812

"Arriving in Canada in August 1799 from Cork, Ireland, the 41st Regiment of Foot began what was to be a fifteen year stay in Canada's frontier garrisons along the US border. When war was declared on Great Britain by the United States in June 1812 the 41st Regiment was one of only a few regiments stationed to protect Canada. The American boasts of the taking of Canada being "a mere matter of marching" seemed a fair assessment at the opening of the war. However, Major General Isaac Brock, commander of Anglo-Canadian forces in Upper Canada (present day Ontario) had other plans.

With the outbreak of war, the British soldiers at Fort St. Joseph quickly attacked and captured Fort Michlimackinac on the upper Michigan peninsula. The American General Hull at Detroit also took the offensive. However after crossing the river to the Canadian side in July, Hull found himself harassed by skirmishing 41st soldiers and Indians. At one point a 41st detachment ambushed a convoy escort and captured a number of Hull's dispatches. Uncomfortable with his position, Hull withdrew with the bulk of his forces to Detroit. The following month, Brock arrived from Niagara with reinforcements, crossed the river and prepared to assault Detroit with his small army. Believing that Brock had a larger force and fearing possible Indian atrocities, Hull surrendered Detroit and his army…."
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IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2019 5:25 a.m. PST

This extract is from and article contained on the War of 1812 web site. The article has been there for quite some time. Nonetheless, it contains detailed uniform information of British regimental surgeons.

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