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The Glengarry Fencibles

The Glengarry Fencibles

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

The Glengarry Fencibles

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted November, 2010

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
The City of Cornwall
In front of the armories on the north side of 4th Street between Marborough Street and Baldwin Avenue

Coordinates: N 45 01.485 W 74 43.136


Plaque Text

The regiment of Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles was raised in 1811-12 largely from among the Highland settlers of this region, many of whom had served previously in Europe with the Glengarry (British Highland) Fencibles. The Canadian corps was recruited through the efforts of Major George Richard John Macdonell ("Red George") assisted by the Rev. Alexander Macdonell (later Upper Canada's first Roman Catholic Bishop) who served as its chaplain. The regiment was taken on the regular British army establishment in 1812, and disbanded at Kingston in 1816. Detachments of the Fencibles distinguished themselves in many hard fought engagements including: Salmon River, 1812; Ogdensburg, 1813; Lundy's Lane, Fort Erie, and Mackinac, 1814.

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Capture of Ogdensburg 1813
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War of 1812

Cornwall Plaques

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