War of 1812 Grand Tactical
The volunteers of the Chesapeake Independent Blues and the First Regiment Volunteers will be joined by the Fort McHenry Guard and the Canadian Volunteers to participate in the largest War of 1812 program ever held at Old Fort Niagara along the shores of the Great Lakes on the boarder of Canada during the weekend of July 28-29, 2018. The public interpretive program will recreate in large scale the military actions which occurred between the American and British forces at Fort Niagara during the War of 1812, including military encampments, naval and land engagements, weapon demonstrations, and military camp life. The units will be forming a new "Battalion of Uniformed Militia Companies" during the national-scale program to effectively organize under a unified command structure. The "Battalion" will be joined by interpretive units from across North America and overseas, creating the largest War of 1812 program to be held since the Bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans in January of 2015.
As part of the "Battalion", the Blues and the Fort McHenry Guard will be interpreting the First Baltimore Volunteers, nicknamed by the British as "The Baltimore Bloodhounds" after the Battle of York. The Volunteers were the only Maryland State Militia to participate in the American invasion of Canada during the military campaigns of 1813. This little known Company of Volunteers served with distinction during their one-year of federal service, and most of the veterans reformed as a company in the 39th Regiment of Maryland Militia. The 39th Regiment later served as a principle regiment on the left flank of the Maryland Line during the Battle of North Point in September of 1814, bringing full circle the engagement of these Maryland Volunteers in the War of 1812.
Old Fort Niagara
102 Morrow Plaza, Youngstown, 14174, NY, United States