2nd Regt. of York Militia - Thompson's Company
Who We Are
The 2nd Regiment of York Militia - Thompson's Company, is a group of living history enthusiasts who, through research and living history, recreate the lives of soldiers and civilians of Toronto township during the War of 1812.
The original Company served in the War of 1812 as part of the 2nd Regiment of York Militia. It is named for Captain William Thompson who served with the 2nd Regiment of York Militia during the war (http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/thompson_william_8E.html)
The reenactment company was formed to honour the contributions of volunteer militiamen and First Nations people from Toronto Township (now the City of Mississauga) who served in the 2nd Regiment of the York Militia. Many of them were present at and participated in many of the battles in the War of 1812 along the Niagara frontier, including Chippawa, Fort Detroit, Fort Erie, Fort George, Fort York, Lundy’s Lane, Queenston Heights, St. David’s and Stoney Creek.
Thompson’s Company functions, in part, as an educational component of Heritage Mississauga by participating in community events and functions and through reenactments. Our members come from across Peel Region representing a range of ages and walks of life.
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What Do We Do
The 2nd regiment of York Militia-Thompson's Company, regularly participates in War of 1812 re-enactments and tacticalss. The bulk of our reenactment activity is in the Niagara region though events also occur in south-eastern Ontario and Upstate New York, Ohio and Michigan. We encourage you to come out, thrill to the crash of muskets, enjoy a stroll through the camp, and time-travel with us over two-hundred years into our past.
Thompson's Company isn't only soldiers! We also have a good contingent of women, men and children who portray civilians and 'camp-followers'. Some of these civilians act as period interpreters and craftsmen within our group. From military encampments to Regency finery, we strive to represent this pivitol period of Upper Canada's history as well as all aspects of early 19th Century life... Families are VERY welcome as we have places and roles for young and old!
2nd York-Thompson's Company, is a sub-committee of Heritage Mississauga, Mississauga's heritage authority. Heritage Mississauga provides a valuable insight into the city and is a resource for Misissauga's past, present and future. Our shared heritage is an important element in fostering and maintaining Mississauga’s sense of community, pride and history. Together with the support of community groups, corporations and individuals, Heritage Mississauga continue to accept the challenge of promoting awareness of the community’s heritage.
The 2nd York Militia is a living history group in that we endevour to be as faithful as possible in demonstrating life in historic Mississauga and in the War of 1812. In our displays, our clothing, food, activities and in our research, our desire is to educate the public through a tangible, interactive experience.
Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to know more about 2nd York.