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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2019 2:39 p.m. PST

"The Coloured Corps (also known as Runchey's Company of Coloured Men, or Black Corps) was a militia company of Black men raised during the War of 1812.

Created in Upper Canada, where enslavement had been limited in 1793, the corps was composed of free and enslaved Black men. Many were veterans of the American Revolution, in which they fought for the British (see Black Loyalists). The Coloured Corps fought in the Battle of Queenston Heights and the Battle of Fort George before it was attached to the Royal Engineers as a construction company. The unit was reactivated during the Rebellions of 183738 (and also served as a police force during the construction of the Welland Canal)…"
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IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2019 5:23 p.m. PST

A good summary of this unique company. Thanks T.

epturner Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2019 5:25 p.m. PST

I've got a unit of them painted up for my Queenston Heights game, but I've painted them in the uniform of Royal Artificiers.

Maybe too early for that uniform, but they look good and they always seem to roll well.

My two loonies.


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2019 10:43 a.m. PST

A votre service mes amis!. (smile)


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