Recruits join regiment for mock war with U.S.

Steve Bartlett
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An event today on Signal Hill in St. John's commemorated the 200th anniversary of the declaration of the War of 1812. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

The Americans redeclared war on Britain just before 1 p.m. today, and within minutes, there was a recruiting party on Signal Hill to draft new members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

The event commemorated the 200th anniversary of the declaration of the War of 1812.

It saw historical animators at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in Put-In-Bay, Ohio, making the mock declaration exactly 200 years to the day after US. president James Madison did so.

Re-enactors at Signal Hill responded by trying to recruit new members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment of Fencible Infantry, which fought at every major battle during the War of 1812.

The two sites exchanged Skype feeds.

On Signal Hill, Chris Martin played Newfoundland Governor Sir John Duckworth and enticed onlookers to join by bragging about the benefits — which included the clothing, a shilling and continuous drink.

Five men signed up.

The event kicked off Signal Hill’s summer season, which is being dubbed, “The Newfoundland Soldier, Then and Now.”

For more coverage of the event, see Tuesday’s print or electronic editions. Twitter: @SteveBartlett_

Geographic location: Signal Hill, U.S., Britain Put-In-Bay Ohio

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  • rod lee
    June 21, 2012 - 12:40

    Hi I have it I don’t personally sell my book , “ A Directory of Officers & Men of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment 1795-1816” but it can be ordered at or at any Chapters book stories Thanks for your interest Rodney T. Lee

  • P F Murphy
    June 19, 2012 - 04:55

    The Harper government doesn't have money to keep the Rescue Centre open, but they've got money to poke the Americans in the eye. What a bunch of financial incompetents!

  • Robert
    June 19, 2012 - 00:29

    In that Newfoundlanders were so prominent in this war does anybody know if a list of those who served is to be found?