Redcoated Ploughboys

Overview

2013 Heritage Toronto Award — Shortlisted

Redcoated Ploughboys brings the story of the Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada to life, revealing a fascinating lost chapter in military history.

In 1812, the future of British North America hung in the balance as the United States declared war with the avowed goal of conquering the Canadas and removing British influence from the continent forever.

In response, a corps of men, drawn from every walk of life and social stratum of Upper Canada, stepped forward to defend their fledgling colony by volunteering to serve in the Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada. After undergoing rigorous training, and fighting with distinction in numerous skirmishes and battles, it earned the prestigious battle honour Niagara. The regiment was disbanded at the conclusion of the war, and with the passage of time, its dedicated service and efforts have faded into the dust of histories written about the War of 1812.

Redcoated Ploughboys brings the story of this regiment, and the men who served in it, back to life, revealing a fascinating lost chapter in Canada’s early military history.

Awards

Short-listed
Heritage Toronto Award
2013

Reviews

Redcoated Ploughboys is a perfect book for the 1812 war enthusiast, or anyone interested in Napoleonic era warfare.

Esprit de Corps magazine (April, 2012)

A detailed collection of battles, raids, military politics and human relations.

The Guelph Mercury (May, 2012)

[The Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canadas] dedicated service and efforts have faded into the dust of histories written about the War of 1812. Redcoated Ploughboys brings the story of this regiment back to life, revealing a fascinating lost chapter in Canadas early military history.

The Tribune (June, 2012)

...an outstanding regimental history.

War of 1812 magazine

About the Author

Richard Feltoe

Posted by Kendra on October 30, 2014
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Richard Feltoe

Richard Feltoe was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and holds a degree in economics from the University of London. He is the curator and corporate archivist for the Redpath Sugar Museum and is active as a living history reenactor, re-creating the life of a Canadian militia soldier from the War of 1812. His other publications include The Flames of War and The Pendulum of War. He lives in Brampton, Ontario.