More Than A Mere Matter Of Marching

A Bicentennial War of 1812 Project

By OGS, Niagara Peninsula Branch



In recognition of the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812, the Niagara Peninsula Branch has compiled a commemorative book, which we hope you will enjoy. It is a fascinating account of more than 60 family stories of Ancestors whose lives were impacted by a war which was a catalyst in uniting the people of Upper Canada. It will give you a glimpse into what it was like to be there and the hardships ordinary people endured. This engaging book has resulted in over 300 pages including colour images and an index of over 1700 names.


This collection of stories is about those valiant men and women who found themselves in the midst of battle in the War of 1812. Some took up arms; many of them lost everything they owned. When former President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, made the now famous remark, “The acquisition of Canada this year, as far as the neighborhood of Quebec, will be a mere matter of marching, and will give us experience for the attack of Halifax the next, and the final expulsion of England from the American continent.” He underestimated both the determination of Canadians and their First Nation allies to remain separate from the American Republic and the efforts of Britain to retain the northern part of North America.