Welcome to the Home of the American
Civil War Historical Re-enactment
The ACWHRS of Canada, or American Civil War Historical Re-enacting Society, is a registered
charitable non-profit living history organization based in Southern Ontario, and is dedicated to
preserving and exploring the memory of Canada's contribution to the War Between the States.   

Between 1861-1865, approximately 50,000 subjects of Her Majesty Queen Victoria left the
Dominion of Canada to enlist in America's bloody civil conflict. The majority of these men served
in the Union armed forces, enlisting in regiments organized in the northern border states.  

Four Canadians attained the rank of  general in Union service, and twenty-nine were awarded the
Medal of Honour. Some also enlisted to fight for the Confederacy, and so Canadians also fought
brother against brother.  

Today very few Canadians know about this chapter in our history, or about the men whose bones
rest in quiet cemeteries in Ontario, New York, Virginia, or in thousands of graves known only to

As living historians, or re-enactors, we stage mock battles but, much more importantly,  are
dedicated to exploring and recreating the daily lives of soldiers and civilians from this era. We
strive for a high degree of authenticity in our portrayals (called impressions), and our members
have amassed a high degree of knowledge and  research.  We frequently participate in events in
the United States, and actively contribute to the cause of preserving America's battlefield
heritage, as well as educate the public about Canada's involvement in the War between the

Each year the ACWHRS hosts two Civil War living history events. The first one at the Westfield
Heritage Village located at 1049 Kirkwall Road, Rockton, Ontario. And the second at the Country
Heritage Park, 8560 Tremaine Road, Milton Ontario. At both  events we host visiting units from
Canada and  the United States.

If you are interested in participating in the ACWHRS, you can get some idea of the necessary
equipment and costs by browsing our website. Requirements for our civilian, Confederate And
Federal infantry, Medical and Artillery members will obviously vary, and you can find contacts for
those groups through the unit links portion of our website.

Please click here for a printable
membership application form. Please fill out and mail to
2 North Drive, Apt. 115, Scarborough, Ontario along with your membership cheque.

Thank you for visiting - we hope to meet you soon.
Southern Soldiers Remembrance Fund at www.southernsoldiers.org and view the link  for images of Markers
Lt. Col. Leggett, 10th Louisiana Infantry,
click here for info.
Click here for an article about the 10th Louisiana's efforts in Civil War News

The next board meeting will take place on February 24 / 2016 at 12:30pm
at The Milton Country Heritage Park in the main building. All members
are invited to attend.
ACWHRS Recruitment Video