GATINEAU, Sept. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The year 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the heroic Battle of the Châteauguay. Parks Canada is involved in the historic re-enactment of this historical feat of arms this coming October 5-6 in Ormstown, and will conclude the festivities with an official ceremony to be held at the historic site on October 26 in the presence of many dignitaries.
Important to the history of Quebec and Canada, this battle remains unknown by the general public. At most, 400 Canadian militiamen consisting of Francophones, Anglophones and Aboriginal people, stopped the advance of 2,000 Americans who were planning to take control of the St. Laurence River by taking possession of Montreal using the road along the Châteauguay river.
This battle is linked to landmarks such as Ormstown, Chambly, Beauharnois and Boucherville, to name a few.
We are offering you an opportunity to develop a story depicting the heroic fate of this small army of patriotic Canadians, or this historic re-enactment that mobilises the whole region of Ormstown like it did in 1812.
André Gousse, Chief Curator, is available to discuss this historic moment and all that surrounds the historic re-enactment.
Photos of artefacts as well as sketches of the battle are available upon request.
SOURCE: Parks Canada
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To book an interview, please contact Parks Canada's Media Relations at: 819-953-8371 or at: [email protected].