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War of 1812 - Artefact of the Week

De Lorimier Powder Horn

This 19th century powder horn was owned by the De Lorimier family of Quebec, and was used primarily by Jean-Baptiste de Lorimier, who served as a Lieutenant of the British Indian Department during the War of 1812. The powder horn, which was typically made from either a cow or a buffalo horn, was popular in the 18th and 19th centuries and was used to carry gunpowder. As the horn was naturally hollow and waterproof, it became extremely handy in battle. De Lorimier fought in the Battle of Beaver Dams on June 24, 1813, and was wounded during a skirmish outside the fort in August that same summer. He was held as a prisoner of war by American forces, prompting an official British protest to the United States for his release.

De Lorimier Powder Horn De Lorimier Powder Horn
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