2014 Burning of Dover Mills

Welcome to the website for the Norfolk Militia (Heritage Regiment) Re-Enactment Group. We are pleased to put this online offering up for those interested in history, re-enacting and generally a good time!

The Norfolk Militia Re-enactors are based in Ontario, Canada and take part in historical re-enactments in both Canada and the United States. We are pleased to represent the living history of North America in the nineteenth century, and provide one of the few accurate portrayals of the civilian soldier of The War of 1812.

The Norfolk Militia (Heritage Regiment) was formed in 1983 to honour the original Norfolk Militia established in 1796 and existing to this day as an artillery battery of the Canadian Armed Forces.

 


 
Weapons for Re-Enactors

Below are some ideas as to what muskets and rifles are commonly used by War of 1812 re-enactors... Not just from the Norfolk Militia (Heritage Regiment) Re-Enactment Group, but often seen used by other groups as well. These are reasonable weapons to look for if you're interested in purchasing a reproduction for this hobby. In October, 2003, I looked around online and ideas of how much a new model may cost you has been posted. The ranges of the prices listed are based on prices of large manufacturers of these items (like Pedersoli) and specialty firearms companies (like Loyalist Arms and Repair)... You may find better "deals" or you may find the musket or rifle you want is going to be a little more expensive. You can check out local sporting goods stores (for example, in Ontario, stores like LeBaron in Markham and Mississauga, Williams Arms in Port Perry or Elwood Epps on Highway 11 in Orillia) also sell flintlocks or can order them.

To quote Bruce Whittaker...

 "In the hobby of historical re-enactment documentation is important. Do not take someone's word that what they have for sale is period correct. Remember they are trying to make a sale. You wouldn't want to spend big bucks on something that isn't correct. Most units strive to be as accurate as possible.

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A Letter from Vermont in 1812
"As much cold weather and hard land as they want"
 

As I was thumbing through the pages of a Loveland family genealogy, the date of October, 1812 caught my eye, but the page flashed past. It took me quite a few seconds fumbling back to the page I had glimpsed to find that date on a letter, included without introduction or context, in the entry for Judge Aaron Loveland (b. 10 Aug 1780, d. 3 Jan 1870), of Norwich, VT. It is apparently a reply to a letter received from his older brother, Joseph, and was of obvious interest to an 1812 reenactor. And it is likely that few if any historians of the War of 1812 would have had any knowledge of this private correspondence, despite its publication in a family history over 100 years ago. 

Having unexpectedly come across this transcribed letter, I was frustrated that there was nothing else in the extensive entry for Aaron relating to the war or those years, although it was of interest that 'Judge Aaron' was an 1801 graduate of Dartmouth who roomed during his undergraduate years with Daniel Webster. However, when I finally turned to the entry for Joseph Loveland, Jr. (b. 18 Jul 1773, d. 30 Aug 1834) it included the following:

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