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  • 1812-era Musket Ball Mold
        This handheld bullet ball mold was carried by Canadian or British soldiers in the County of Brant area during the campaign of the War of 1812. It was used with the famous British "Brown Bess" Land Pattern Musket, and provided soldiers with a small, portable means to create balls. This ...
      This handheld bullet ball mold was carried by Canadian or British soldiers ...
  • The Martial Spirit: A History of the Sedentary Militia and the Six Nations Warriors of the Former Brant County Area 1784-1884
        This book by Roger Sharpe describes the history of the Sedentary Militia and Six Nations warriors who were active in the area of the County of Brant, primarily focusing on their involvement in the War of 1812 and the Patriot Rebellion of 1837-39. This online edition of the book was ...
      This book by Roger Sharpe describes the history of the Sedentary Militia ...
  • The Early Political and Military History of Burford, by Major R. Cuthbertson Muir
        This 1913 book by Major Robert Cuthbertson Muir describes the history of Burford from its founding up to the time it was written. Part 1 focuses primarily on the town's political history; part 2 provides a detailed military description. This book can be downloaded as an Adobe Acrobat Reader .PDF ...
      This 1913 book by Major Robert Cuthbertson Muir describes the history of ...
  • 1812-era Blood Letting Instrument
        This blood-letting instrument is of the type often carried by Canadian and British soldiers in the County of Brant area during the campaign of the War of 1812. At a time when medicine was still relatively primitive, this type of equipment would have been one of the first lines of ...
      This blood-letting instrument is of the type often carried by Canadian and ...
  • 1812-era Flask
        This small glass flask is of the type that was commonly carried by Canadian and British soldiers in the County of Brant area during the War of 1812. This artifact was provided for photography by Richard Shaver from his personal collection. It can be seen on display at the Canadian ...
      This small glass flask is of the type that was commonly carried ...
  • 1812-era Pipe
        This pipe was likely carried by Canadian or British soldiers in the County of Brant area during the campaign of the War of 1812. This artifact was provided for photography by Richard Shaver from his personal collection. It can be seen on display at the Canadian Military Heritage Museum in ...
      This pipe was likely carried by Canadian or British soldiers in the ...
  • 1812-era Medicinal Flask
        This medicinal flask was likely carried by Canadian or British soldiers in the County of Brant area during the campaign of the War of 1812. It would have held small amounts of medicine to help soldiers counteract the battlefield illnesses that were common during warfare at that time. It originally ...
      This medicinal flask was likely carried by Canadian or British soldiers in ...
  • 1812-era Soldier's Eyeglasses
        This set of glasses was likely carried by Canadian or British soldiers in the County of Brant area during the campaign of the War of 1812. This artifact was provided for photography by Richard Shaver from his personal collection. It can be seen on display at the Canadian Military Heritage ...
      This set of glasses was likely carried by Canadian or British soldiers ...
  • 1812-era Soldier's Tobacco Tin
        This tobacco tin was likely carried by Canadian or British soldiers in the County of Brant area during the campaign of the War of 1812. This artifact was provided for photography by Richard Shaver from his personal collection. It can be seen on display at the Canadian Military Heritage Museum ...
      This tobacco tin was likely carried by Canadian or British soldiers in ...
  • 1812-era Strike-a-Light
        This strike-a-light was likely carried by Canadian or British soldiers in the County of Brant area during the campaign of the War of 1812. Striking the U-shaped rod sparks when rubbed against the rock, and would have been used to light tobacco. This artifact was provided for photography by Richard ...
      This strike-a-light was likely carried by Canadian or British soldiers in the ...
  • 1812-era Gun-flint
        This gun-flint was likely carried by Canadian or British soldiers in the County of Brant area during the campaign of the War of 1812. It was used to light gunpowder. This artifact was provided for photography by Richard Shaver from his personal collection. It can be seen on display at ...
      This gun-flint was likely carried by Canadian or British soldiers in the ...
  • 1812-era Brown Bess Musketoon Bayonet
        This bayonet was carried by Canadian or British soldiers in the County of Brant area during the campaign of the War of 1812. It was used with the famous British "Brown Bess" Land Pattern Musket. This artifact was provided for photography by Richard Shaver from his personal collection. It can ...
      This bayonet was carried by Canadian or British soldiers in the County ...
  • 1812-era 7th Light Dragoons Cutlass, model 1795
        This cutlass was carried by British soldiers in the County of Brant area during the campaign of the War of 1812. This is a 1795 model which was issued to the British 7th Light Dragoons cavalry regiment. This artifact was provided for photography by Richard Shaver from his personal collection. ...
      This cutlass was carried by British soldiers in the County of Brant ...
  • 1812-era American Cutlass
        This cutlass was carried by American soldiers during the War of 1812. This cutlass was used in the Battle of Malcolm's Mills, at Oakland, County of Brant. This artifact was provided for photography by Richard Shaver from his personal collection. It can be seen on display at the Canadian Military ...
      This cutlass was carried by American soldiers during the War of 1812. ...
  • 1812-era British Belt Axe
        This British belt axe was carried by Canadian or British soldiers during the War of 1812. This artifact was provided for photography by Richard Shaver from his personal collection. It can be seen on display at the Canadian Military Heritage Museum in Brantford.
      This British belt axe was carried by Canadian or British soldiers during ...
  • Cannon Ball
        This cannon ball was found in Port Dover after the U.S. Navy entered the port in the War of 1812-1814. This artifact was provided for photography by Richard Shaver from his personal collection. They can be seen on display at the Canadian Military Heritage Museum in Brantford.
      This cannon ball was found in Port Dover after the U.S. Navy ...
  • Malcolm Homestead
        House Summary The Garden Wall, located on Oakland Road, Scotland, was built in 1802 by Finlay Malcolm. After a few changes in ownership, the home is now back in the Malcolm family. This home has a rich history with its connections to the 1837 Rebellion and was one of the ...
      House Summary The Garden Wall, located on Oakland Road, Scotland, was built ...
  • The Capture of Burford by Mel Robertson, from The Burford Advance
        From the 1970s through the 1980s, Mel Robertson wrote many articles for the Burford Advance and Burford Times on the history of Burford Township. This clipping contains the article The Capture of Burford. It describes historical events in Burford during the War of 1812-1814. The article may not have been ...
      From the 1970s through the 1980s, Mel Robertson wrote many articles for ...
  • Brant County Illustrated [Atlas]
        ...; Daniel Anderson, during 1857 and 1858; Charles Hedgers, during 1859; Thomas...
      ...; Daniel Anderson, during 1857 and 1858; Charles Hedgers, during 1859; Thomas...
  • The Work of Our Hands: A History of Mount Pleasant, 1799~1899
        The Work of Our Hands chronicles the history of the town of Mount Pleasant from its earliest settlements through the end of the 19th century. In order to have meaning, local history must relate all aspects of a particular community‚Äôs development to a larger context. Mount Pleasant stands out as ...
      The Work of Our Hands chronicles the history of the town of ...
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War of 1812


The County of Brant played a significant part in the War of 1812. The Battle of Malcolm's Mills, the final land battle during the war, was fought near Oakland Township. The material in this collection describes some of our County's history during this period.