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War of 1812 - Artefact of the Week - February 8th, 2013

Fourth Regiment of Lincoln Militia Bayonet Belt Plate

Parks Canada: FX.87.24.1

This oval, brass bayonet belt plate was likely worn by an officer or soldier of a Flank Company of the 4th Lincoln Militia during the War of 1812. The bayonet belt was worn over the right shoulder and diagonally across the body with plates such as this example, which rested on the centre of the chest, securing the two ends of the belt. This belt plate is an extremely rare item.

The 4th Regiment of Lincoln Militia was formed in Grimsby, Caistor, Gainsboro and Clinton townships in the Niagara region. The Niagara River frontier was the scene of some of the heaviest fighting of the war and companies of the 4th Lincoln saw action at Queenston Heights in 1812 and Lundy’s Lane in 1814.

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Fourth Regiment of Lincoln Militia Bayonet Belt Plate Fourth Regiment of Lincoln Militia Bayonet Belt Plate
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