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I am very interested in the War of 1812. I live in Brantford, Ontario, Canada and many of the forts and battle sites of this conflict are within a day's drive from here. In the last three years there have been numerous celebrations and re-enactments of this important event in Canadian history. This has raised awareness of an often overlooked period of our history, in this country, the United States and particularly in the United Kingdom, where, if known about at all, is only as a footnote to the Napoleonic Wars. The British Navy and Army played a significant and vital part in repelling the American expansionist attempt and mostly because of this Canada is now a separate, independent nation. I believe that while the majority of Canadians are pleased to have the United States as our close neighbor and good friend, we also value our independence and unique way of life.

The area of my particular interest is in the land transportation of the British Army throughout the remote and distant locations of their outposts in Upper Canada (now Ontario). I have a good library and internet access, but I have found very little information about animal drawn transport - e.g. wagons, carts or carriages that the Army used in this Campaign. There is an abundance of information about the Conestoga Wagons that originally carried the early settlers (mostly American) to this area and there are also records of the British and Americans impressing or hiring this type of wagon transport when required. I cannot, however, find particular information or drawings of any official Government Pattern designs for other wagons. There exist several drawings by W.H. Pyne, C.H. Smith, and a few of their contemporaries. The drawings by C.E. Franklin in his excellent publication "British Napoleonic Field Artillery" are very helpful, but I surprised that there are no drawings or later photographs readily viewable, given the engagement of the British Army in the Peninsular War that was concurrent to this event. I would welcome any input and comments by others - thanks - Norman T.

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