War of 1812: A Fredericton Perspective

The Fredericton Region Museum unveiled the full version of its War of 1812 Exhibit at the Museum in May 2012. Curated by Robert Dallison, the War of 1812 Exhibit is a fully bilingual exhibit with text, maps, images, and artefacts that highlight the events of the War, how the War affected New Brunswick‘s development, and the role New Brunswick played in the outcome of the War. Among other things, there will be mention of the March of the 104th Regiment in the winter of 1813 and of the British occupation of eastern Maine in 1814.

The exhibit includes numerous artefacts that relate to the War of 1812; displayed will be two swords, a British cavalry sword (with its scabbard) and a British infantry officer’s sword, that were both used during the War. Also on display will be the replica Muster Roll of the 104th Regiment, which lists every member of the Regiment in 1812, an 1823 portrait of Major General George Stracey Smyth, and two military uniforms worn during the war, a British officer’s jacket and a New Brunswick militia tunic. The exhibit is an accessible and fascinating way to learn more about New Brunswick’s history and experience the War of 1812 as Canadians commemorate the War’s bicentennial.

The Fredericton Region Museum would like to thank the curator Bob Dallison for his knowledge and time for this project. A big thank you to our University of New Brunswick intern, James Kitchen, for his hard work. Thank you to Charlotte for the panel designs. This project was supported by the City of Fredericton through the Arts, Culture & Heritage Funding Program, the provincial government Exhibit Renewal program and the Federal War of 1812 Commemoration Fund.

Mr. Dallison is the author of A Neighbourly War: New Brunswick and the War of 1812 (copies available for purchase at the museum). The book is part of the New Brunswick Military Heritage Project by the Gregg Centre for Military Studies and was published by Goose Lane Editions. Mr. Dallison served for 35 years with the Canadian Army, retiring as a colonel. Prior to joining the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, he completed a B.A. in History and International Studies at the University of British Columbia.

Mr. Dallison has travelled the world, serving with the United Nations in Cyprus and as staff intelligence officer in Germany. A graduate of Royal Roads Military College and Royal Military College, he is a highly respected historian. Upon his retirement, he became the director of the award-winning Kings Landing Historical Settlement, in Prince William, New Brunswick, a position he held from 1992 to 2002.

In addition, he has been president of Fredericton Heritage Trust and was the New Brunswick representative on the Board of Governors for Heritage Canada.

Video Links:

Fredericton Region Museum – War of 1812 Exhibit Opening Speech Part 1 Fredericton Region Museum – War of 1812 Exhibit Opening Speech Part 2

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