This I Shall Defend (contained in This I Shall Defend/The Taking!) by W.A Hamilton


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On July 15, 1812 an unprecedented alliance of British military, Metis and First Nations gathered at the remote outpost of Fort St. Joseph in preparation for an attack on the American Garrison of Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island. This was the first offensive military maneuver of the War of 1812 and amazingly this allied effort resulted in the capture taking place without a drop of blood being shed. This I Shall Defend brings together three members of the 1812 Alliance in an imagined meeting: British Captain Charles Roberts, commander of Fort St. Joseph, local fur trader Charles O. Ermatinger, and Ojibway representative Shingwaukonse. Each man must overcome the barriers of culture, language and sensibility to join together against the threat of American invasion.
Year Printed: 2014
First Produced: 2012 at Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site , St. Joseph Island, Ont. and Ermatinger.Clergue National Historic Site, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
Running TIme: 20 minutes
Acts: 1
Male Cast: 3
Other Cast: 1