The "Colored Corps" 1812 - 1815

The "Colored Corps" 1812 - 1815 (HMX60)

Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0 Niagara Regional Municipality
Country: Canada
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N 43° 9.617', W 79° 3.161'

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[Side of Marker Using English Text]:

When the War of 1812 began, people of African descent in the Niagara peninsular feared an American invasion. They were anxious to preserve their freedom and prove their loyalty to Britain. Many joined the militia; others offered to raise their own militia company. Authorities responded by forming a "Colored Corps" of about thirty men commanded by white officers. Based in the Niagara region throughout the war, it fought at Queenston Heights in October 1812 and at the siege of Fort George in May 1813. The corps was disbanded soon after the peace, but had nonetheless set a precedent. Black units were a feature of the Canadian military until the First World War.

[Side of Marker Using French Text]:

Lorsque commence la guerre de 1812, les habitants de la peninsule du Niagara de descendance africaine craignent une invasion americaine. Ils tiennent a preserver leur liberte et a prouver leur loyaute a l'Angleterre. Nombre d'entre eux entrent dans la milice: d'autres offrent de recruter leur propre compagnie de miliciens. Les autorites decident alors de former un corps d'une trentaine d'hommes de couleur sous la commande d'officiers blancs. Stationne dans la region du Niagara pendant la guerre de 1812, le "Colored Corps" prend part a la bataille de Queenston Heights en octobre 1812 et au siege du fort George en mai 1813. Le corps, disperse peu apres la paix, etablit un precedent. L'armee canadienne a des unites noires jusqu'a la Premiere Guerre mondiale.
HM NumberHMX60
Placed ByOntario Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Culture, Tourisim and Recreation
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Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 2:45am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 658311 N 4780454
Decimal Degrees43.16028333, -79.05268333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 9.617', W 79° 3.161'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 9' 37.02" N, 79° 3' 9.66" W
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Area Code(s)440, 216
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5 Niagara River Recreation Trail, Niagara-on-the-Lake ON L0S 1J0, CA
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