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In pictures: Re-enactors bring the War of 1812 to life

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Units of the Upper Canada Military Re-enactment Society fall in under the direction of Sgt. Major Steve Hartwick before morning drill. Re-enactors from various regiments of the Crown Forces of Upper Canada participated in a two-day re-enactment of The Battle of Stoney Creek on June 1-June 3, 2012.

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An officer inspects the ranks before a session of morning drill.

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Jim Wellheiser is dressed as Maj. John Norton, a Chief of the Iroquois Six Nations who played a key role in several battles during the War of 1812. Beside him, in green, is Roy Winders, dressed as Col. Matthew Elliott of the British Indian Department.

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A picture of King George sits among the many period belongings waiting to be set inside an 1812-era tent.

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Soldiers of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment(RNR) chat before falling into formation. At left is a wooden playpen, built for Genevieve Howard, 17 months, whose parents are both members of the RNR.

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Aaron Heykoop, 7, Nora Heykoop, 3, and Aiden Thorne, 7, keep a close eye on the surrender of Tristan Thorne, 9 while the group were playing with their toy muskets near their parent's soldier's encampment.

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Corrin Heykoop, 12, runs toward the "action" while playing with play muskets with her siblings and friends.

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Retired steelworker, Allen McKnight plays the role of a contract surgeon.

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Units of the Upper Canada Military Re-enactment Society during a morning drill session.

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Re-enactors from various regiments of the Crown Forces of Upper Canada take to the battlefield to participate in the first of three battle re-enactments.

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A naval crew fires a cannon at the beginning of the first of three battle re-enactments.

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Ron Zorbil, with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment laughs while chatting with fellow soldiers before a battle re-enactment.

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Soldiers of the 1st Royal Scots Grenadiers fire their muskets at advancing American troops on the battlefield in Stoney Creek, Ontario.

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A British soldier pretends to have been killed as American troop re-enactors release a volley of musket fire toward enemy lines on the battlefield in Stoney Creek, Ontario.

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The sight of black powder igniting in the 1812 era muskets can be especially remarkable during battles held at dusk. These are members of the 41st Regiment from Fort George firing a volley at the American forces.

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A volley of musket fire erupts from the American lines during the Saturday evening battle re-enactment.

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A volley of musket fire erupts from the the line of soldiers from the 1st Royal Scots Grenadiers during the Saturday evening battle re-enactment.

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American "dead" litter the battlefield following the battle re-enactment at dusk on Saturday.

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Nora Heykoop, 3, holds on tightly to her dad's finger and her toy musket. Her father, William Heykoop is a re-enactor with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

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