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War of 1812 Reenactors

War of 1812 Reenactment Organizations

Inspired by an interest in the War of 1812, a wide range of reenactment organizations in the United States, the UK, and Canada portray units of the American and British armed forces of the period. These Living History organizations are entirely voluntary in nature, composed of civilians with a keen interest in the War of 1812 and its historical context, who are driven by the desire to interpret and portray accurately the events, people, and culture of the time, as well and the uniforms, equipment, tactics, and organization of the military units on both sides of the conflict.  

Reenactors across the continent will be taking part in many events commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 throughout the period of 1812 through 1815, including some of the U.S. Navy's Signature Events. Check out the unit web sites listed below to find an event near you. Or become a part of this mass teaching and education effort by joining or supporting one of the War of 1812 reenactment units, helping to preserve the memory of the heroism of the men who fought in the War of 1812, and the understanding of how the war and its consequences have affected the history of the world ever since.

War of 1812 Reenactor Units
U.S. Army Forces


Fort McHenry Guard

The Fort McHenry Guard is a historical organization sponsored by the National Park Service and The Patriots of Fort McHenry. It is composed of specially recruited "Volunteers in Parks" who provide visitors with a touchstone to the past. The Guard is trained and equipped by the National Park Service to represent the U. S. Corps of Artillery, the Baltimore Fencible Artillery, the Fort McHenry Guard Field Musicians, and the Chesapeake Flotilla during the Battle of Baltimore in the summer of 1814. The Guard provides early 19th century military demonstrations, historical interpretation, and official ceremonies on weekends during the summer months. Volunteers also portray citizens and their everyday activities in early 19th century.

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1st Regiment of U.S. Infantry

Since its beginning in 1987, the Missouri Rangers and 1st U.S. Infantry have lived by a simple philosophy of historical honesty, camaraderie, and family fellowship. Many of our members have come from a variety of re-enactment backgrounds that gives the organization a wonderful diversity of experiences. The two groups travel to events located throughout the Midwest and the East. Some annual events include the Militia Muster at Fort Osage near Sibley, Missouri, the Battle of Mississinewa in Indiana, and the militia muster at Fort Massac in Illinois.

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1st U.S. Light Artillery

The 1st. U.S. Light Artillery reenactment group is based at historic Ft. Wayne, Ft. Wayne, Indiana.




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4th U.S. Infantry

Snelling's Co. 1812 is a group of living historians dedicated to the preservation and education of the early ninteenth century. During these formative years when the United States was not a great power many of the ideals and practices we see today came to be. They travel through out the Great Lakes and Niagara Pennisula region doing Battle Reenactments, Supporting Historical Sites, Conducting Educational Demonstrations and just having fun.

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6th Regiment of U.S. Infantry

The Sixth Regiment of United States Infantry got their start in January 1812 as the 11th Infantry when Congress authorized the strengthening of the Army in preparation for the pending hostilities with Great Britain. Their nickname, "Regulars," came during the War of 1812 from the Battle of Chippewa on 5 July 1814. Today, volunteers recreate the Regulars of the Sixth from the War of 1812 through the 1820s, portraying the light and artillery companies, Company A and Company G. The unit and organization prides itself not only on attention to historic authenticity but to developing and maintaining a high esprit de corps among its members.

Sixth US Infantry:


 William Smith's Company
1st Rifle Regiment:

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7th Regiment of U.S. Infantry

Company A 7th Regiment of U.S. Infantry Living History Association was founded in 1988 in Ft. Worth, TX. 7th USILHA has been recognized by the United States Army's 7th Infantry Regiment stationed at Fort Stewart Georgia and accorded the honor of being authorized to carry the Regiments Battle Streamers on the unit's colors. The 7th is nicknamed "The Cottonbaler Regiment." This sobriquet stems from the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815. The organization prides itself not only on attention to historic authenticity but to developing and maintaining that esprit d' corps among its members. The active duty Regiment is the most decorated unit in American Military history. From the War of 1812 through Desert Storm 88 campaign streamers, Presidential unit citations and various foreign awards for valor and merit adorn its Regimental Colors.

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15th U.S. Infantry

The 15th US Infantry-1814 period is located in the Plattsburgh, NY area. The organization stages a Battle of Plattsburgh weekend falling on the 2nd week-end of September.

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17th U.S. Infantry

The 17th U.S. Infantry is a living history military reenactment unit in the Erie PA area portraying a Regular Army infantry regiment of the War of 1812. The unit is comprised of individuals who have a great interest in our nation's past and wish to broaden their knowledge of soldier life through reenacting. Every effort is made to present a historic impression, with uniforms and equipment which are original or authentic reproductions. Members participate in battle reenactments at actual historic sites, present educational programs, take part part in parades, and provide living history demonstrations.



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19th Regiment of U.S. Infantry

The 19th Regiment of U.S. Infantry has the mission of contributing to the growth and quality improvement of living history and War of 1812 interpretation through original research and materials for personal use by those involved in historical interpretation and history enthusiasts.



21st U.S. Infantry

The 21st United States Infantry (Treat's Company) seeks to recreate accurately as possible the life and times of a Soldier of the United States or campfollower during the War of 1812.


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25th Regiment of U.S. Infantry

The 25th United States Regiment of Infantry is out of Illinois and Wisconsin and bases itself from Green Bay. They call themselves the "Grey Doom" after an original nickname for the Regiment.



27th Regiment of U.S. Infantry

The 27th U.S. Regiment of Infantry has participated in battle re-enactments in Ontario, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, Louisiana, New York and Belgium. They have appeared in numerous parades and Living History demonstrations at museums, schools, community sponsored events and historic sites throughout Ontario.

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Aisquith's Sharp Shooters

Aisquith's Sharp Shooters (1st Baltimore Sharp Shooters) grew out of the Dundalk Defenders Day Celebration in Baltimore County, MD and attended many other 1812-period reenactments including New Orleans, Fort George, Stoney Creek, Fort Erie, Bladensburg and many others. They are headquartered in Dundalk.



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Fort Norfolk Garrison 1812-1815

The Fort Norfolk Garrison is composed of two units: the 20th U.S. Regiment, and the 2nd Virginia Regiment of Militia, which saw duty at old Fort Norfolk during the Chesapeake campaign. The 20th also saw action in the northern theater. The 2nd Va. Regiment of Militia was formed at Fort Norfolk, and saw action in the Battle of Craney Island. Through research and documentation the accouterments and weapons used by the units are as close as possible to that actually used during the War of 1812, fulfilling the unit's desire to recreate the troops stationed at Fort Norfolk accurately.



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Maryland Light Dragoons

The War of 1812 Maryland Light Dragoons is a living history unit that represents a typical Maryland Militia cavalry unit of summer and fall, 1814, the height of the British Chesapeake Campaign of the War of 1812 which culminated in the successful defense of Baltimore in September. The group performs historical, safety and period uniform research in portraying an 1812 cavalry unit and civilian support/visitors in the northern Chesapeake region.



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Upper Mississippi Brigade

The Upper Mississippi Brigade uses living history to teach the general public about the War of 1812, known also as "The American War" on the British side, and sometimes referred to as America's First Forgotten War. Taylor's Company of the 7th U.S. Infantry and a USS Carolina Naval Artillery Unit portray regular military, militia, civilian, and women's roles in the War of 1812 at reenactments in the Midwest and elsewhere.



Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps

Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps

Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps plays traditional music on wooden, key-less fifes and rope-tension drums. The corps uniform is an exact replica of the musiciansĀ“ uniforms from the First U.S. Infantry Regiment in the War of 1812. From the pewter buttons hand-cast in actual button molds, to hand-stitched leather "shako" hats with ostrich feather plumes, every detail is accurate. Building on their local history at Rock Harbor on Cape Cod, the corps carries itself with pride, honoring the courage and vigilance of the Americans who defended our country's independence during this crucial time period in our nationĀ“s history.



War of 1812 Reenactor Units
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Forces



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Brig Niagara

The US Brig Niagara was built in 1988 as the official Flagship of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and as a faithful reconstruction of the brig that Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry led to victory during the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10, 1813.The Battle of Lake Erie, which led to several successful land battles, directly influenced the establishment of the US/ Canadian border, and peace as it continues to exist today. The new brig shares and interprets Niagara's great history and it's national significance by sailing the ship and keeping alive the language, the knowledge, and the skills used onboard early American naval vessels.



Brooks Detachment of United States Marines



logo marine detachment 1812 Marine Guard 1812The Marine Guard 1812 is an all-volunteer division of the outreach and education departments of the USS Constitution Museum Foundation. The unit makes its home and headquarters at the USS Constitution Museum, Boston, Massachusetts.The primary period of interpretation of the unit in its association with USS Constitutionis 1811 to 1817. The Marine Guard 1812 is primarily a ship board unit, but participates in battle reenactments and other historical recreations.




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USS Constellation Ship's Company 1812 Marines

The Ship's Company 1812 Marines are a volunteer reenactment group within Ship's Company that researches the history and demonstrates the working conditions and skills of U.S. Marines in the early 19th century, focusing on the War of 1812. Ship's Company also portrays the seamen of the War of 1812 era. Ship's Company Chanteymen are heard at living history events, music festivals, private parties and many other settings all up and down the east coast of the United States, performing nautical music of the 1812 era.



War of 1812 Reenactor
Units for
British Regular Forces



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1st (Royal Scots) Regiment of Foot (Grenadiers)

The 1812 Royal Scots Grenadiers are a recreated re-enactment unit of the War of 1812 created by the Upper Canada Military Re-enactment Society. The Upper Canada Military Re-enactment Society's Royal Scots are based in south-western Ontario. Members of the Royal Scots Grenadiers regularly participate in re-enactment events throughout Ontario, New York, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana and have appeared in historical movies and television programs. The Royal Scots were very active in Upper Canada in the War of 1812, being present in eight major engagements and many minor skirmishes against the forces of the United States.



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1st (Royal Scots) Regiment of Foot (Light Company)

The Upper Thames Military Re-enactment Society was formed in 1990 to reenact the Light Company of the Royal Scots in 1814. Today, the re-enactment group of the Royal Scots is based in southwestern Ontario, primarily in the London area. The Royal Scots regularly field one of the largest War of 1812 units. The Royals saw much action in Upper Canada during the war, the suffered very high casualties, but remained steady throughout the campaign and were later awarded the battle honour NIAGARA for their service.



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3th (East Kent) Regiment of Foot (The Buffs)

The American Contingent of this re-enactment group portrays the 3rd (East Kent) Regiment (The Buffs) at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. The unit company is composed men, women and children portraying military and civilian life as associated with the British Army in North America during the early 19th century. The 3rd is one of the oldest Regiments, raised in 1572 and wearing the original Buff faced regiment wearing coats of Buff since it's beginning. The Regiment fought in many of the major actions of the Peninsular and only just missed Waterloo, because it was busy fighting in War of 1812.



6th (1st Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot



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8th (King's) Regiment of Foot

The King's Regiment in the Canadas is a group of historic reenactors headquartered in the Toronto, Ontario area who are dedicated to accurately recreating the 8th or King's Regiment of Foot as it appeared during the War of 1812. The focus dates of the recreated 8th Regiment of Foot is 1813-1814. The recreated Grenadier Company of the King's Regiment works hard to ensure the authenticity of their appearance. The recreated King's Regiment attends most of the major 1812 reenactments each year and also arranges special educational programmes at schools and museums.



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9th (East Norfolk) Regiment of Foot

The 9th (East Norfolk) Regiment of Foot unit depicts a battalion company of one of Wellington's heavy infantry regiments at home and overseas. The 9th seeks to create an insight into this distinguished unit through living history and battle re-enactment and endeavours to achieve a high degree of realism in both these fields. The unit celebrated bicentennials at Walcheren, Almeida, Busaco, Fuentes d'Onoro, and Albuera and is looking forward to future commemoration events.



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41st Regiment of Foot

The 41st Regiment of Foot Military Living History Group, founded in 1987, has members across southern Ontario and the USA, from the Windsor/Detroit area to the Hamilton/Toronto area. The 41st participated in the capture of Fort Niagara and the "winter raids" of December 1813, then the Battle of Lundy's Lane, a raid on Black Rock, and the The Seige of Fort Erie in 1814. For the balance of 1814, the 41st garrisoned Fort Niagara. The 41st won more battle honours (4) than any other British unit in the War of 1812.



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43rd Regiment of Foot

The 43rd Monmouthshire Light Infantry 1815 Re-enactment Club is a battle reenactment group representing the famous 43rd Regiment of Foot (The Monmouthshire Light Infantry) of the Napoleonic Wars - more specifically of the Peninsula War, the war of 1812 and the Hundred Days. The 43rd later became the first battalion of the King's Royal Rifles.



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49th Regiment of Foot

The 49th Foot recreated unit was formed in 1984 and is a project of the Canadian Military Heritage Society, a non-profit organization whose members are dedicated volunteers committed to the promotion and the preservation of Canada's national and military heritage. The 49th Regiment of Foot explores the conditions and considerations of British Infantry life in Upper Canada during the War of 1812-14. Re-enacting the events of the War of 1812-14 also allow the unit to share the knowledge acquired with others.


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88th Regiment of Foot

The 88th Regiment of Foot (Connaught Rangers), was christened the "Devils Own" by General Picton. The 88th earned a fearsome reputation for themselves in the Peninsular for their devastating bayonet charges and hand-to-hand fighting capabilities. The club has resurrected the spirit of the old 88th and portrays the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the regiment as they would have appeared on campaign in 1812.


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89th Regiment of Foot

The Wentworth Reenactment Society portrays the 89th Regiment of Foot Grenadier Company as it was during the War of 1812. The 2nd Battalion 89th Regiment (recreated) was formed in the fall of 1999 and has been continually active in recreating the battles of the War of 1812 ever since that time, interpreting the 89th and its role in the War of 1812 as a living history organisation, with the goal of accurately portraying the military and civilian life of the 19th century.


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93rd (Sutherland Highland) Regiment of Foot

The 93rd SHROFLHU is a USA-based organization,dedicated to the authentic portrayal of one of the most famous Scottish Highland Regiments in the 19th Century British Army. If not for the Highland Regiments much of what we now call Scottish Traditions might have been lost forever. The uniforms and equipment of the 93rd SHROFLHU are exact reproductions of those used by the original Regiment in the 1800s. Many years of indepth research have been devoted to insure authenticity. Participation at many events nationally includes the annual Battle of New Orleans at Chalmette National Historic Park, where a Wreath is laid and the names of the 93rd who fell at New Orleans are read aloud.


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The 95th Rifles & Royal Horse Artillery
The Society of Infantry and Artillery portray the forces that worked side by side to defeat the tyrannical forces of Napoleon Bonaparte, and fought in North America during teh War of 1812. The Battle Re-enactment & Living History Society recreates the lives of soldiers and camp followers  during the Napoleonic Wars, engaging in dramatic battles and living in period encampments. The society is made up of enthusiasts who gather to portray these unique regiments of Riflemen and Gunners at events in Great Britain and overseas.



War of 1812 Reenactor Units for
British Fencible and Militia Forces



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Canadian Regiment of Fencible Infantry

The Canadian Regiment of Fencible Infantry, more commonly known as the Canadian Fencibles, consists of a group of people dedicated to the memory of the original regiment and to accurately portraying the regiment's uniforms, equipment, and drill and life of the period. Members come from many different backgrounds and from across Ontario with a focus in eastern Ontario. The regiments portrayed served in the area, were raised from people in eastern Ontario, and played a significant role in two key battles: the Battle of Crysler's Farm near Morrisburg, ON and the Battle of the Chateauguay, Howick, QC. The unit participates in a variety of different reenactments and events annually from full encampments with other recreated units at major historical sites and local events.



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Royal Newfoundland Regiment of Fencible Infantry

The Royal Newfoundland Regiment of Fencible Infantry is a group of military reenactors who specialize in the War of 1812. The organization chose this particular regiment because it was recruited in North America for service there (rather than being a regular British unit sent to serve in Canada), and it performed gallantly in the upper Great Lakes region as well as in other major battles of the War of 1812. The unit's aim is to educate and inform about that period. The Regiment's re-enactments encompass everything from period cooking and living, to demonstrations of military drill and musketry, to large scale battle engagements complete with artillery.



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 Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles



The Michigan Fencibles and Michilimackinac Militia Company

The Michigan Fencibles and Michilimackinac Militia Company recreates a detachment of the Michigan Fencibles during the years 1813-15 at Fort Mackinac during the War of 1812. The Michigan Fencibles were raised in the summer of 1813, most of the enlisted men were trappers and traders and ex-militia men from the Canadian Volunteers.


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The Canadian Corps of Voyageurs

The modern The Canadian Corps of Voyageurs is a group of volunteers who re-enact the military history of Canada during the Napoleonic era and the War of 1812. The British and the North West Company in July 1812 dispatched a force consisting of 180 Voyageurs, 300 Indians, and 45 regulars of the 10th Royal Veteran Battalion stationed at St. Josephs Island departed to secure Fort Mackinac. On July 18th, the American fort was captured. In October 1812 a company of voyageurs from North West Company engagees was formalized, with officers from the Scottish gentlemen partners and clerks of the Company. The Corps disbanded in March 1813. The Modern Corps attends many historic sites and events, all over central Canada and the North Central United States.


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Battalion of Incorporated Militia

The Military Re-Enactment Society of Canada is a living history organization representing the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada (IMUC) during the War of 1812 at various Canadian and US historical sites and events. Early in the War of 1812, the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada passed an Act creating the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada. Volunteers were to be formed into Battalions to serve for the duration of the war. In Feb 1815, news of the ratification of the Treaty of Ghent reached Canada. On March 10, a Militia General Order directed that all militia regiments were to return to their homes. The Incorporated Militia was particularly complimented on their "Steadiness and good Conduct on all occasions."


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Col. Elliott's Company, British Indian Department

The modern Col. Elliott's Company, British Indian Department recreates the daily lives of those people who served in His Majesty's Indian Deptartment by using equipment and clothing of that time period, and participating in camping, skirmishes and live fire re-enactments. During the War of 1812, the Indian Department of the British colonial government was responsible for maintaining good relations with the Native allies, and rallying them into an effective military ally. While not part of the British Army, its officers were given military rank and wore red coats on the field, often incorporating items of Native dress and significance into their appearance.



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The Drums, Crown Forces 1812

The Drums, Crown Forces 1812, formed in 2000 from fifers and drummers gathered together from various War of 1812 re-enactment units within the Crown Forces, North America. The following year, they began to function regularly as a group, and were initially known as the "Battalion Corps of Drums". In 2002 the group became more formally established, adopting a standard uniform for all members, and its goal of commemorating the service of all British and Canadian field musicians during the War of 1812. As the corps' size and musical skill increase, it receives requests to perform outside of regular War of 1812 re-enactments.



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