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The Friends of Crysler’s Farm Battlefield Memorial is a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the memory of the stirring victory of Joseph Wanton Morrison’s Anglo-Canadian army on November 11, 1813.

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence places a wreath at the Battle of Crysler Farm Memorial, during Laurence's tour of the memorial, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in South Dundas, Ont.GREG PEERENBOOM/CORNWALL STANDARD-FREEHOLDER/QMI AGENCY

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence places a wreath at the Battle of Crysler Farm Memorial, during Laurence’s tour of the memorial, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in South Dundas, Ont.GREG PEERENBOOM/CORNWALL STANDARD-FREEHOLDER/QMI AGENCY

Their primary purpose is the preservation and expansion of the Battlefield Memorial Building at the base of the mound, which is topped with the granite spire commemorating the events of November 11, 1813.

The granite memorial was originally raised by the federal government in 1895 on the actual site of the battle but the flooding of much of South Dundas Township as a result of the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the taming of the rapids between Morrisburg and Cornwall, caused it to be moved to its present site. It was re-dedicated in 1961 with the Battlefield Memorial Building, housing a magnificent mural of the peak action of the battle by Adam Sheriff Scott, was opened.

In recent years, the Friends were instrumental in revitalizing the displays in the Battle Memorial Building and sponsoring a military re-enactment weekend in the summer.

You can help the organization realize its goals by becoming a member of the Friends of Crysler’s Farm Battlefield Memorial.

Membership in the Friends is only $25.00. Make your cheque payable to The Friends of Crysler’s Farm and mail it to:

The Friends of Crysler’s Farm Battlefield Memorial
c/o Bob Irvine,
8 Fifth Street, Johnstown,
K0E 1T1

Help us continue to tell this vitally important story from Canada’s past.

The full story of the men and events of the 1813 campaign on the St. Lawrence frontier and the twin victories at Crysler’s Farm and Chateauguay is contained in a new book by military historian Donald E. Graves. Field of Glory: The Battle of Crysler’s Farm, 1813, is published by Robin Brass Studio of Toronto. It is the companion volume to Mr. Graves’s earlier Where Right and Glory Lead: The Battle of Luyndy’s Lane, 1814. It is both a popular and scholarly history and has gone into several printings.

For more information on the Friends, e-mail Dave Conners at 1812alivedc@gmail.com.