A new documentary on the War of 1812: A Desert Between Us & Them


The plot outline from the Facebook page: A Desert Between Us & Them: Raiders, Traitors & Refugees in the War of 1812 will tell the little-known story of the devastating effect the War of 1812 had upon the Upper Canadian peninsula (now Southwestern Ontario), with a focus on what life was like for people on the ground. Residents were faced with numerous American raids, constant pressure to change one’s allegiance, a shortage of food, thousands of refugees on the muddy roads, and the eventual abandonment of Southwestern Ontario by the British Army. Most civilians in Canada didn’t experience the war directly, but for people in this area, the war came to their homes – sometimes repeatedly.

This was an exciting project that brought many volunteers and re-enactors together (more than 300 people came out over 550 times) over 30 days of production filming. This was the story of how the war affected the residents of southern Ontario – their homes were burned, their food and livestock stolen – they became refugees!!

Watch for the launch of this new documentary this summer. For those of you who are educators, it will be a perfect movie to show during a school assembly and an essential part of the school’s media library. The documentary will be available from the Visual Heritage site.

Visual Heritage Project

Lock 3 Media is working on a historical documentary about the war of 1812. They have just started a series of re-enactments that will continue until October, staged in the most important locations for the war.

I was privileged to be serving the fine militia men of both the US and Canada to ensure they were properly fed for the re-enactment at the McCrae House. The McCrae house was built in 1812. Thomas McCrae paid for it with the reward money that he had received at the capture of Detroit. After the Battle of the Thames, the Americans used it as their headquarters for the region. In December of 1813, Lt Henry Medcalf of the Norfolk Militia led a group of men from the Norfolk, Middlesex and Kent Militias on an early morning raid that captured the American garrison. This was the first Canadian all militia act of the war.

Visit the Facebook Page:  A Desert Between Us and Them Southwestern Ontario During the War of 1812