Join the 2nd Regiment of York Militia – Thompson’s Company for the next installment of Living History as we premiere “The Musket: A Weapon of the 1812 Soldier”.

In this episode, members of 2nd York provide a demonstration of a musket drill, explore the history of the musket and discuss the benefits and challenges of this weapon of choice for the 1812 soldier.

Journey back to 1812 as we continue to explore the fascinating lives and experiences of 1812 soldiers.

The 2nd Regiment of York Militia – Thompson’s Company, is a group of living history enthusiasts who, through research and living history, recreate the lives of soldiers and civilians of Toronto township during the War of 1812.

The original Company served in the War of 1812 as part of the 2nd Regiment of York Militia. It is named for Captain William Thompson who served with the 2nd Regiment of York Militia during the war.

The reenactment company was formed to honour the contributions of volunteer militiamen and First Nations people from Toronto Township (now the City of Mississauga) who served in the 2nd Regiment of the York Militia. Many of them were present at and participated in many of the battles in the War of 1812 along the Niagara frontier, including Chippawa, Fort Detroit, Fort Erie, Fort George, Fort York, Lundy’s Lane, Queenston Heights, St. David’s and Stoney Creek.

Thompson’s Company functions, in part, as an educational component of Heritage Mississauga by participating in community events, functions and through reenactments. Members come from across Peel Region representing a range of ages and walks of life.

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