104th New Brunswick Regiment

104th New Brunswick Regiment

During the summer of 1812, the British managed to maintain their position along the Niagara frontier. However, the Americans were preparing a significant offensive for the upcoming campaign season in spring 1813. The British urgently required reinforcements, which would usually arrive by sea via the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City. Unfortunately, the route was closed due to ice and wouldn’t open until April, making it too late for the campaign season. Consequently, the decision was made to dispatch the 104th New Brunswick Regiment from Fredericton, New Brunswick, to Kingston, Ontario, as the land war in the Maritimes was relatively calm. The regiment, comprising 554 men divided into companies of 100, embarked on the arduous journey to Kingston during one of the harshest, snowiest winters on record.

The 104th New Brunswick Regiment set out from Fredericton on February 16, 1813, and reached Kingston on April 12th. This remarkable march is often underappreciated in military history, despite being comparable to some of the greatest marches ever undertaken. It undoubtedly stands as one of the most significant accomplishments during the War of 1812.

104th regiment plaque

104th New Brunswick Regiment Foot Bridge in Fredericton NB

The 104th New Brunswick Regiment is recognized by a plaque in Carleton & York Regiment Memorial Park, located next to the Armory on Carleton Street in Fredericton.

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6 thoughts on “104th New Brunswick Regiment

  1. I checked the suggested link. The members appear to be members of a forum. I seriously doubt there was ever a “Pte CoolGuy2020” on the real roster.

  2. Did you find a link to a list of the 104th New Brunswick Regiment of Foot members? My family lore says we have an ancestor who made the Snow shoe March but can not find his name>

    1. If you re-read the first paragraph of our post, you will see a link to the 104th New Brunswick Regiment. Click on it and choose “Battlion Roster” from the top menu. You might find the information you’re looking for there.

      Larry

  3. Where can I obtain a list of the 104th New Brunswick Regiment of Foot members or at least a list of those who participated in the Feb\, 1813 march? Thank you.

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