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Niagara at War, 1812: Re-enactments of the Niagara Peninsula.

Photography by Cosmo Condina

Publisher: Mr. Books, Thorold, Ontario

ISBN: 978-0-9811415-3-4

Hard cover, 132 pages [c] 2012

$36.95 CDN Order from Cosmo Condina:


Cosmo Condina is a professional photographer in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Before 2011, he would shoot photos from the public viewing areas of each battle re-enactment. A chance meeting with re-enactor, Alex Cuberovic, of the 104th New Brunswick Regiment, followed by acceptance of a request to photograph events from "inside," resulted in the stunning photographs found in this well-presented picture book with accompanying scholarly commentary about the major battles during the War of 1812. A sample of the photographer's work was used by Michael Johnson, the designer for The Loyalist Gazette, on the back cover of the Fall 2015 issue.

Battles described include Queenston Heights, Fort George, Stoney Creek, Beaver Dams, Fort Niagara, Chippawa, Lundy's Lane, and Fort Erie, all in chronological order. As a researcher, one seldom looks at the sequence of the various engagements but may focus on one or just a few. Seeing each battle expertly described by a team of historians, educators and re-enactors makes the reader keenly aware of just how precarious and elusive the fortunes of war were for all participants. Sheila Kennedy was responsible for the design of this exceptional book that captures the action behind and within the reenactments with outstanding photography by Cosmo Condina, reproduced in large, high definition graphics.

Nicely interspersed throughout the text is an outline of a re-enactor's life. Descriptions appeal to the senses of sight, sound, taste, and smell as we read about life around evening campfires: the entertainment, the food preparation, the play, all in preparation for the interpretive work of staging the battle re-enactment. Seems young and old alike get hooked on the fun and camaraderie of it all! This is a tremendous asset for educators and anyone interested in the battles of the War of 1812 that shaped our nation. The book is available by e-mailing the photographer:

Reviewed by Grietje McBride UE

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Author:McBride, Grietje
Publication:The Loyalist Gazette
Article Type:Book review
Date:Mar 22, 2016
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