I was just checking various internet sources on Mackinac in case they had anything different ot more than what I already had (nope) and wandered off as one does to a sire on the attack on Fort Stephenson and then another. At last I found maybe the real reason why the overwhelming British attack failed.
The garrison was small and apparently included many small detachments of volunteers who straggled in at the last minute. Most of their names were never recorded. Suspicious? There's more.
They say it was a blast of canister from Old Betsy the 6pdr, that tipped the tables but who commanded the gun in that blockhouse? Why, it is now revealed to be James Kirk! James T Kirk no doubt.
Was it a long forgotten ancestor? or did we miss an episode of Star Trek in which the Enterprises did another time travelling sling around the sun, leaving Kirk, searching for a lost artifact stranded in a frontier post needing to hold on until the Enterprise repeated repairs and could beam him up? Was that really a blast of canister that stunned so many British soliders in the ditch? Sounds more like a phaser blast to me........ What chance did the poor 41st Foot stand against James Kirk?
EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)
"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."
-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Born and raised in the suburbs of Montreal, 5 years in the Black Watch of Canada Cadets, 5 years at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean followed by 4 in the navy. 25 years with CPC in IT simultaneous with 23 years running a boarding kennel. Inherited my love of toy soldiers from my mother's father. Married with a Whippet, 10 Italian Greyhounds, 4 cats and a bird. Prematurely retired and looking forward to leisure to game, garden and sculpt in our 150 yr old farmhouse.