Yesterday, I talked about the reenactment of the Battle of Fort George. As exciting as the battles are to watch, there is something I enjoy even more – going through the camp.
Walking through the camp you get to see the real stuff that the reenactors do. You will see them cooking, socializing, cleaning their muskets, building fires. Sometimes you will see them playing music or dancing. In the case of the surgeon, you may see him tending to the wounded – nineteenth century style.
All of this adds to the experience, and really brings history to life. For me, anyway. It’s a hub of activity, and it is always fun just to watch or interact with the reenactors. So without further ado, let’s get into the pictures. There’s a lot of them again!
Returning to Camp after the Battle – the American side
Entering the Fort
Oh be still my Jane-Austen-ish heart. Always loved the ladies’ gowns. Look at the parasol and hat in the picture below!
The British back at camp
Regency era baby! So, so cute.
Below, you can see a bit more clearly into the Officers’ Tent. Notice the carpets, the trunk, the dining room table. Yes, Officers needed these things – even if the battlefield is just a stone’s throw away!
I have trouble enough with cooking in the modern age. Can you imagine trying to make a meal like this? These ladies do it spectacularly.
Here is the Surgeon’s tent.
We spent a good chunk of time chatting with the Surgeon, it was just so fascinating! A bit scary too, to be honest. Some of those nineteenth century medical techniques kind of turned my stomach. Have you heard of trepanning? If not, check out this link here. In the picture below, they are demonstrating the procedure with a trepanning instrument. Though it was also used prior to the nineteenth century, in those days, it was thought that trepanning could relieve high blood pressure or angina. Yikes.
In the next photo, we were discussing some of the many uses of tobacco. Apparently, one of the ways tobacco smoke was used was basically as an enema. Yes, tobacco smoke going you know where. I guess that would help get things moving!
They were so passionate about their roles, and so happy to talk to us for as long as we wanted. I certainly learned a lot more about nineteenth century medical practices!
Looking at these pictures, don’t you feel like you could be in another time? That is what I love about reenactments, it can really help you to imagine what life would have been like in another era.
Fort George holds other events during the year, but the next one I am particularly excited about is the Echoes of Niagara’s Past: Military Timeline Event, which will commemorate over 200 years of Niagara’s military history: War of 1812, World War I and World War II.
Perhaps I’ll see you there?