We highly value research and believe that evidence in primary documents should be the chief information used when trying to recreate a historic regiment. In light of that, have have collected copies of original research that pertain to our unit's choice of coat colours, as well as other useful information. At a later date we will add links useful for on-line research.
1. The Lincoln Militia Uniform & Accoutrements; PDF evidence.
- A listing of items sent for militia in Upper Canada, May 1812. It includes among other things, red and yellow coat wool, and grey for trousers. It also shows that leftover military wares from previous years was sent for use by the militia, including leather and felt light infantry caps. View page 1. View page 2.
- A statement of payment to be made to ten tailors and seamstresses in the Niagara area, in September 1812, by the authority of Daniel Secord, Quartermaster of the 1st Lincoln Militia. The note clearly states at the top that they were prepared for soldiers under the command of Col. William Claus, i.e. the 1st Lincolns. View.
- A listing of musket rounds to be given out to various companies of the 1st Lincolns. It clearly shows that the flank company officer's units received British ammuntion while the sedentary companies received French ammunition. Obviously the firearm would match the ammunition so this is clear evidence that our unit should use British firelocks. View.
- A sheet detailing the commission of various militia officers of the Crown in the Niagara region. At the top you will see that it clearly says that James Crooks was given his first commission as an Ensign by Col. John Butler in 1794, two years before Butler's death. View. By 1807 and through the war, Crooks' rank was Captain.
2. Reasonable Authenticity: A Philosophical Approach to the Re-enacting Hobby. Written by our unit commander, this document expresses his views on the extent and limitations on enforcing authenticity at living history events. Some of the things covered in this document are part of the unit's constitution, while the others remain an outside influence. This document will help you get to know our unit and where we stand on things. View.
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