Captain Jean-Louis Ployard’s Coatee, Chapeau, Sword, and Scabbard
This officer coatee, chapeau, sword, and scabbard belonged to Captain Jean-Louis Ployard, of the Regiment De Watteville. He served at Fort George during the War of 1812, and later settled in Lower Canada.
De Watteville’s Regiment was unique, in that it was a unit of Swiss soldiers which was raised by Abraham Louis Charles de Watteville. It was taken into British military service in 1801, and fought primarily in Europe during the Napoleonic Wars. The regiment fought in Malta, Egypt, Sicily, Italy, and Spain before reaching Canada in May 1813. That year De Watteville was appointed to the rank of major-general, and the regiment was thereafter commanded by lieutenant-colonels Victor Fischer and Rodolphe de May.
De Watteville’s Regiment played a leading part in the assault on Oswego on May 6, 1814, before it aided in the besiegement of Fort Erie in the summer months of 1814. At war’s end, more than 150 of the regiment’s men took up land in the Perth Settlement of Upper Canada.
You can still visit Fort George to this day. To learn more about Fort George and its role in the War of 1812, visit Fort George National Historic Site on the Parks Canada website. To learn more about Fort Erie, visit Fort Erie National Historic Site of Canada in the Canadian Register of Historic Places.