The 7/60th (Royal American) Regiment Reenactment Group was formed in 2008 to commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the historical regiment’s role in the defence of Canada. Our goal is to educate and foster public interest in the War of 1812, and to afford young Canadians a fun and challenging means of joining in the reenactment hobby.
We depict No. 6 (Barrington’s) Company (one of the musket-armed centre companies) as it appeared when the battalion garrisoned Nova Scotia and fought in the Maine Expedition during the summer of 1814. The group is oriented towards a simple yet accurate ‘campaign-style’ portrayal in order to keep uniforms and equipment to a minimum.
Members are drawn from across Ontario, and generally consist of men and women aged 18 to 35. These include a high proportion of museum and historic site staff, members of historic animation drill teams, and ‘veteran’ reenactors. This wide range of experience and expertise is reflected in our core values:
- Authenticity of uniforms and equipment.
- Excellence of drill.
- Continuous historical research.
The group’s attendance at War of 1812 events is usually restricted to a small number of events each reenactment season, as many members have additional commitments. This does not, however, impact our values or objectives, and we strive to represent, commemorate and honour our historical forbearers by following their motto whenever we are in the field – ‘Celer et Audax’ (Swift and Bold).
‘Celer et Audax’