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  •  It was through a Canadian folk song that I found (0+ / 0-)

    out that the "British" troops that burned down Washington DC were actually Canadian.

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    by Kimball Cross on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 02:24:05 PM PDT

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    •  Unfortunately, not true (1+ / 0-)
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      No, those troops were British regulars straight from Europe. Chateauguy, Lundy's Lane, Detroit, Stoney Creek, Crysler's Farms and others were the battles where Canadians and natives won the day.

      •  Um British troops (2+ / 0-)
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        Played significant roles in those too.

        Perhaps it would be fair to say that local militia played critical roles.

        I lived in Hamilton for a few years until last year and got into studying the Battle of Stoney Creek. Went to Battlefield Park and Hamilton Cemetery where the Brits were prepared to make their final stand.

        After studying 1812 in school it was quite something to actually understand the distance and terrain the soldiers covered when marching at night to meet the Americans at Stoney Creek.

        We gave my 3rd child the name Tecumseh as my husband was reading Berton's book on the War of 1812 around the time he was born.

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        by Bionic on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 04:45:20 PM PDT

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        •  You're Right (1+ / 0-)
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          British regulars were involved as well. Sorry for glossing over that. Stoney Creek in particular featured British regulars as it was to be a major offensive.

          But the regulars also proved to be a liability at the Battle of the Thames, and almost blew Stoney Creek as well.

          And as you allude to, it was the native element that turned the tide of war. The kinship between Brock and Tecumseh was key to the colony's survival.

    •  Not really (0+ / 0-)

      They were British troops.
      Canada was a number of colonies. Confederation was 1867 and Newfoundland didn't become part of Canada until 1949.

      The British burning of the President's house and its subsequent whitewashing earned it the moniker "The White House".

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      by Bionic on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 04:32:46 PM PDT

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