The War of 1812 involved lots of burning and killing all over eastern North America. The ultimate losers were the Indians of the midwest who were driven farther west as a result of the treaty agreement between the US and Britain. One area that suffered during the war was in southwestern Ontario, where the US attacked from both the east (via Niagara) and the west (via Detroit).
TV Ontario is airing the premiere showing of a documentary "The Desert Between Us and Them" this coming Saturday, October 5, from 9-11pm. The film describes the daily trials and tribulations of settlers in SW Ontario as the Brits harassed them to join the war effort and the US confiscated considerable food, etc., after the successful invasion at Amherstburg. From the TVO website promoting the airing of the film (which has a short video as well):
A cinematic documentary that explores those stories that make the War of 1812 a "modern war" by stepping back in time to experience the conflict through the eyes of the people of Southwestern Ontario, who spent several years living in a War Zone. Saturday October 5 at 9pm (ET).
Unless it ended up on the cutting room floor, there is a brief portion of the film in which I appear as Kentucky Governor (and successful general) Isaac Shelby. The scene was filmed over a year ago. In it, a group of women pleaded with me not to destroy their homes. From Wikipaedia,
On July 30, 1813, General Harrison again wrote Shelby requesting volunteers, and this time he asked that Shelby lead them personally. Shelby raised a force of 3,500 volunteers, double the number Harrison requested. Future governor John J. Crittenden served as Shelby's aide-de-camp.Now a Major General, Shelby led the volunteers to join Harrison in a campaign that culminated in the American victory at the Battle of the Thames.
The Battle of the Thames was fought exactly 200 years earlier than the date of the premiere showing of this documentary. Leading up to, and during that battle, it became clear that the Brits were going to sell out Tecumseh and their Indian allies. From the Wikipaedia entry on Tecumseh,
During the War of 1812, Tecumseh's confederacy allied with the British in The Canadas (the collective name for the colonies of Upper Canada andLower Canada), and helped in the capture of Fort Detroit. American forces killed Tecumseh in the Battle of the Thames, in October 1813. His confederation fell apart, the British deserted their Indian allies at the peace conference that ended the War of 1812, the dream of an independent Indian state in the Midwest vanished, and American settlers took possession of all the territory south of the Great Lakes, driving the Indians west or into reservations.
I have no idea whether my scene made the cut, but we have the PVR set to record it.