The 49th Regiment a Foot, Grenadier Company is an Historical Reenactment Group based in Southern Ontario, Canada.
We depict British Regular Infantry as they would have appeared during the War of 1812. Our group specifically portrays the Grenadier Company of the 49th Hertfordshire Regiment, a British unit that was stationed in Canada throughout the entire war. Our goal is to educate the public about the military tactics and life of the British regular soldier in the War of 1812. We also aim to generate an interest to anyone who wishes to get into the historical reenactment hobby.
Our group was formed in the late 1990’s and we have been actively participating in War of 1812 reenactments ever since. We attend events all across Southern Ontario, usually in the Niagara Peninsula, but also in the London, Cornwall and Georgian Bay regions. We also attend larger events in the United States, although these events are not as frequent.
As 2012 to 2015 marked the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812, our group was particularly active over the course of those years. We attended all major Bicentennial events throughout 2012 to 2015, culminating in our attendance at the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium in June of 2015.
If you are interested in joining our group please see our Contacts page.
FAQ – What are Grenadiers???
Grenadiers were the name given to the elite troops in a British Infantry Regiment. A British battalion would have two elite companies, the Light Company and the Grenadier Company. The Grenadiers were hand picked men, usually the tallest and most experienced men in the regiment. Initially, Grenadiers were trained to throw grenades while in battle, but by the time of the American Revolution, the use of Grenades became impractical in the field. Instead, by 1812, Grenadiers were used as the ‘shock troops’ in battle. They would be used to storm fortifications, attack an enemy’s flank or to charge and drive an enemy off the field once their formation was broken.