The War of 1812:  A Fredericton Garrison by Robert DallisonThe Fredericton Region Museum will unveil the full version of its War of 1812 Exhibit at the Museum at 2:00pm on Saturday, May 12th. Curated by Robert Dallison, the War of 1812 Exhibit is a fully bilingual exhibit with text, maps, images, and artefacts that highlight the events of the War, how the War affected New Brunswick‘s development, and the role New Brunswick played in the outcome of the War. Among other things, there will be mention of the March of the 104th Regiment in the winter of 1813 and of the British occupation of eastern Maine in 1814.

The exhibit includes numerous artefacts that relate to the War of 1812; displayed will be two swords, a British cavalry sword (with its scabbard) and a British infantry officer’s sword, that were both used during the War. Also on display will be the replica Muster Roll of the 104th Regiment, which lists every member of the Regiment in 1812, an 1823 portrait of Major General George Stracey Smyth, and two military uniforms worn during the war, a British officer’s jacket and a New Brunswick militia tunic. The exhibit is an accessible and fascinating way to learn more about New Brunswick’s history and experience the War of 1812 as Canadians commemorate the War’s bicentennial.

On hand for the exhibit launch will be Robert Dallison, curator of the exhibit and author of a recently published book on New Brunswick’s role in the War of 1812. Copies of the book, titled A Neighbourly War: New Brunswick and the War of 1812, will be available for purchase.  The book is part of the New Brunswick Military Heritage Project by the Gregg Centre for Military Studies and was published by Goose Lane Editions.

Come out and experience the richness of our regional and local heritage at the Fredericton Region Museum this Saturday. For more information, contact Ruth by visiting the Fredericton Region Museum website contact page.