War of 1812 Exhibit at Cornwall Community Museum

By Tony Muma
July 5, 2012

Ian Bowering - War of 1812 Exhibit - Cornwall Community MuseumA new War of 1812 exhibit at Cornwall Community Musem has curator Ian Bowering ducking cannon ball fire.

Well, not really — but there is an 1812-era cannon ball as part of the exhibit.

According to Bowering, when the Americans occupied Cornwall in 1813, the British tried to get everything out of town.

“They didn’t have enough time so they buried things in the ground,” he added.

“Some years ago, a fellow on Aberdeen Street was gardening and hit this hard thing — it was the cannonball.”

Each artifact in the museum’s new exhibit is significant and Bowering will gladly share its history with museum-goers.

“One of the most important things is a creamer that likely belonged to Sir Isaac Brock,” he added.

“His assistant was from this area and it probably came back as a souvenir after Brock was killed at the Battle of Queenston Heights.”

The exhibit also includes an Indian peacepipe from 1812, as well as a few other artifacts to tantalize any history buff.

“We have what may be Granny Hoople’s medicine cup. She was Stormont’s first doctor, though she wasn’t a doctor,” Bowering said.

“She took a wounded American and tried to save him. He died, but the American government recognized her for trying to save his life some time after the war.”

There is also a daybook that belonged to Lieutenant Duncan Clark — Canada’s answer to Paul Revere, who warned the Americans of advancing British forces at the beginning of the American Revolution.

“In true Canadian fashion, Duncan couldn’t find a thoroughbred horse (to warn of an attack),” Bowering explained.

“He found a plough horse and rode up and down the St. Lawrence warning of an American attack.”

Bowering, who used to be a fencer, wouldn’t admit it, but the old British cutlass — a kind of sword — is among his favourites of the exhibit’s artifacts.

“It’s British pattern 1808. It belonged to the McMartin family who were in the first Stormont Militia,” he added.

“They also fought at the Battle of Hoople Creek. It could very well have been used there.”

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