Near Queenston in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada
The “Colored Corps” 1812 - 1815
When the War of 1812 began, people of African descent in the Niagara peninsular feared an American invasion. They were anxious to preserve their freedom and prove their loyalty to Britain. Many joined the militia; others offered to raise their own militia company. Authorities responded by forming a "Colored Corps" of about thirty men commanded by white officers. Based in the Niagara region throughout the war, it fought at Queenston Heights in October 1812 and at the siege of Fort George in May 1813. The corps was disbanded soon after the peace, but had nonetheless set a precedent. Black units were a feature of the Canadian military until the First World War.
[Side of Marker Using French Text]:
Lorsque commence la guerre de 1812, les habitants de la peninsule du Niagara de descendance africaine craignent une invasion americaine. Ils tiennent a preserver leur liberte et a prouver leur loyaute a l'Angleterre. Nombre d'entre eux entrent dans la milice: d'autres offrent de recruter leur propre compagnie de miliciens. Les autorites decident alors de former un corps d'une trentaine d'hommes de couleur sous la commande d'officiers blancs. Stationne dans la region du Niagara pendant la guerre de 1812, le "Colored Corps" prend part a la bataille de Queenston Heights
Erected by Ontario Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Culture, Tourisim and Recreation.
Location. 43° 9.617′ N, 79° 3.161′ W. Marker is near Queenston, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker can be reached from Niagara Parkway north of Portage Road. Touch for map. This historical marker is located in the shadow of the Brock Monument, a short distance from the northeast corner of the monument along a park walking path. The Brock Monument is located in Queenston Heights Park, sitting atop the Canadian side of the Niagara Escarpment, overlooking the northern end of the Niagara River gorge, dominating the landscape. Marker is in this post office area: Queenston, Ontario L0S 1L0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 5. The Decisive Battle (a few steps from this marker); Brock's Monument - Queenston Heights Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); Sir Roger Hale Sheaffe (within shouting distance of this marker); Brock's Monument (within shouting The Battle of Queenston Heights (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Queenston Heights (within shouting distance of this marker); 1. Attack (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Laura Ingersoll Secord (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Queenston.
Categories. • Colonial Era • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 603 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 11, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.