Both hobbies that I pursue with passion involve shooting. There’s photography, and there’s 19th-Century British Military Reenacting. And oddly enough, I love being the villain which means going south of the border since we’re into War of 1812 territory. Over the Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend, I have for the past four years I along with the 7th Battalion 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot have attended the Mississenawa 1812 event between Marion and Wabash Indiana. Mississenawa is one of the oldest reenactment of the War of 1812 in the region the other two being Canadian events at Stoney Creek and Fort Erie. It also has some of the best shopping for the hobby.
And for the reenactor, it’s always a party, especially if you’re British. The reason is that the Crown Forces detachment at the event is a little on the lighter side. So it gives us more room to show off our stuff, and since we’re a light infantry unit, that means a lot of running, kneeling, standing, and even shooting in the prone position. While fun, it can get awkward to maneuver your 55″ muzzle loading flintlock musket around. But it puts on a good show, and the crowds love it. And in the evening once the public leaves, the social scene is pretty good around camp as well. This year, unlike the past three I decided to stay at a hotel after the previous two has resulted in freezing nights. Plus it keeps the steel on the musket and the bayonet from rusting too much.
Of course, there is a darker side to all of this, while we don’t reenact the Battle of Mississenawa about a mile from the site stands the original battleground with several monuments. And there’s a good reason we don’t reenact the battle. Because it wasn’t so much a fight between the British and the Americans, but the Americans against the Miami and Delaware nations that lived in the region. In December 1812 a force of American mounted militia under orders from General William Henry Harrison (former governor of the Indiana Territory and future President of the United States) in response to native violence against American settlers ordered the destruction of several villages along the Mississenawa River. Initially, resistance was slight, but as the raid continues a force of Miami and Delaware met the Americans in battle, the results were 48 dead native warriors and 12 American troopers dead with 48 wounded. Harrison would call it a victory.
Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Rollei RPX 25
Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 5:00 @ 20C
Meter: Gossen Lunasix F
Scanner: Epson V700
Editor: Adobe Photoshop CC (2015.5)