The 104th was raised in 1803 as the New Brunswick Regiment of Fencible Infantry. In 1810 they were taken into the army as the 104th Regiment of Foot. In early 1813, the 104th were ordered to make a harrowing trek from
the dead of winter. Quebec
|Private, 104th Regiment|
Six companies, totaling about 550 men, endured this winter trek. The men proceeded on snowshoes through the wilderness from
Fredericton to for a distance of 350 miles in 24
days. It was an unusually cold winter with snow falling almost constantly. One
man died en route for reasons other than cold weather, and one man was left
behind due to frostbite. Quebec
Generally, the march began at daybreak and end in the mid-afternoon in order to prepare shelter for the night. This trek is regarded as one of their most memorable feats during the war.
In 1814, elements of the 104th fought at the Battle of Lundy’s Lane and the Siege of Fort Erie, suffering many casualties in the process. In 1815, the battle honour of “
was granted to the flank companies and by 1817 the regiment was disbanded.
On Remembrance Day we remember the sacrifices that men and women endured to protect