photo by: Ken Watson, 2001
|A colourful (and loud) addition to Merrickville Canalfest in 2001 were the re-enactors of the Brockville Infantry Company of the 1860s. This dedicated group wears exact replicas of the bright red British tunics. The tunics that they wear were manufactured by a military tailor in Toronto and custom leatherwork was handcrafted locally in Brockville. The group uses working replicas of 1853 Enfield black powder muzzle-loading muskets imported from the U.S. This attention to detail plus hours and hours of drilling has created an authentic experience of what British infantry in the mid-1800s looked like.
The group performed live fire demonstrations in front of the blockhouse in Merrickville. Marching in perfect step to the front of the Blockhouse, the Union Jack proudly flying from the flagpole, several volleys of shot were fired, to the delight of the gathered crowd.
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