Redcoated Ploughboys: The Volunteer Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, 1813-1815

Redcoated Ploughboys: The Volunteer Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, 1813-1815

by Richard Feltoe


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Redcoated Ploughboys: The Volunteer Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, 1813-1815 by Richard Feltoe

2013 Heritage Toronto Award — Shortlisted

Redcoated Ploughboys brings the story of the Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada to life, revealing a fascinating lost chapter in military history.

In 1812, the future of British North America hung in the balance as the United States declared war with the avowed goal of conquering the Canadas and removing British influence from the continent forever.

In response, a corps of men, drawn from every walk of life and social stratum of Upper Canada, stepped forward to defend their fledgling colony by volunteering to serve in the Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada. After undergoing rigorous training, and fighting with distinction in numerous skirmishes and battles, it earned the prestigious battle honour Niagara. The regiment was disbanded at the conclusion of the war, and with the passage of time, its dedicated service and efforts have faded into the dust of histories written about the War of 1812.

Redcoated Ploughboys brings the story of this regiment, and the men who served in it, back to life, revealing a fascinating lost chapter in Canada’s early military history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554889983
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Richard Feltoe was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and holds a degree in economics from the University of London . He is the curator and corporate archivist for Redpath Sugar Limited and is active as a living history reenactor, re-creating the life of a Canadian militia soldier from the War of 1812. He lives in Brampton, Ontario.

Table of Contents


Preface:     Measurement and Pricing Systems.
        The 1812 Battlefield.

Part I. Forword
Chapter 1. The Road to War.
    Chapter 2. The Opening Round. June – October 1812.

Part II. A New Level of War, the 1813 Campaigns
    Chapter 3. Forming the Incorporated Militia.
    Chapter 4. The American Invasion, Spring 1813.
Part III. The Service Record of the Separate Divisions of the Incorporated Militia, March 1813- March 1814

Chapter 5. Baptism of Fire.
Chapter 6. Garrison Duties.

    Chapter 7. Fire and Retire.
    Chapter 8. Containing the Enemy, The Siege of Fort George.
    Chapter 9. See-Saw on the Niagara.
    Chapter 10. Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold.
    Chapter 11. The Assault on Buffalo.

    Chapter 12. Soldier, Builder, or Sailor?
Chapter 13. Hard Labour.
Chapter 14. Pusuing the Enemy.
Chapter 15. Keeping Warm.

Part IV. The United Battalion
    Chapter 16. United We Stand on Guard.
    Chapter 17. The Calm Before the Storm.
    Chapter 18. Preparing for Action.
    Chapter 19. The Affair of the Mess Dinner.
Part V: The Niagara Campaign of 1814
    Chapter 20. The Invasion Begins.
    Chapter 21. The King Commands and We Obey. Over the Hills and Far Away.
    Chapter 22. Joining the Light Brigade.
    Chapter 23. Marching into Battle.
    Chapter 24. The Battle of Lundys Lane, July 25, 1814
    Chapter 25. The Morning After.
    Chapter 26. The Seige of Fort Erie.
    Chapter 27. Strengthening the Chippawa Line.

Part VI: Respite and Recovery
    Chapter 28. Winter Quarters and a New Year’s Resolution.
    Chapter 29. The Final Parade.
    Chapter 30. Post-War Aftermath.

Uniforms and Clothing.
    Weapons and Accoutrements.
    Living in Barracks and on Campaign.
    Food and Drink: Official Military Rations.
                Non-regulation Food Supplies.
    Clothing the Regimental Women and Children.
    Sickness and Disability.
    Crime and Punishment.



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“With a labour of love like Feltoe’s Redcoated Ploughboys, there is a difficult balance between presenting enough general information to inform the non-historian, enough specific content to interest the historian and enough context so that both understand how your specific observations fit into a larger narrative. I’m happy to say that Feltoe achieves it.”

Donald E. Graves

Redcoated Ploughboys is a well researched, written and illustrated book that is a model of regimental history. It will appeal to the professional historian, the re-enacting and wargaming communities — and the casual reader. Highly recommended

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