March of the 104th // 3 Facts + 2 Fake Facts
1 | Fact. They hiked 1,100,000 metres (~700 miles) from February 16 to April 12 (which counted rest days). Tough winter, poor clothing, and the only music they had was bugles.
2 | Fake fact. The 104th were proper soldiers who willingly undertook the mission. This included Private Henry (Black Harry) Grant, a soldier who killed a man in a Saint John tavern fight, got sentenced to 12 months jail time, but then had his release a few weeks later to join the march.
3 | Fact. Captain Daniel Morehouse provided shelter for the 104th at his home in Queensbury, NB. Morehouse House now provides tourism (and lazy rhyming) at Kings Landing. Perhaps you can see the soldiers’ names carved into the structure’s wood if you visit…
4 | Fact. There is a geocache series, “March of NB 104th,” to commemorate the adventure. Close to 40 caches can be found from NB to Kingston.
5 | Fake fact. The 104th fought Americans a few times before the war ceased in 1815. Enemy engagement included the Battle of Beaver Dams, which connects them to Laura Secord’s famed effort to save the British.