Bridge to be named after famous 1812 regiment

Bridge to be named after famous 1812 regiment

By STEPHEN LLEWELLYN

Llewellyn.stephen@dailygleaner.com

05 Feb 2013 12:52AM

That walking bridge over St. Anne’s Point Boulevard is being renamed the New Brunswick’s 104th Regiment of Foot Bridge.

Council-in-committee approved the name change at its regular meeting Monday night, but not before discussing whether the name was too long.

Coun. Marilyn Kerton said she liked the idea but wondered how the sign would look, especially when it included the French translation.

“I just think it’s too long,” she said.

David Seabrook, Fredericton’s assistant director of growth and community services, said it would probably end up being called the 104th Foot Bridge. He said historians consulted by the city recommended the regiment’s full official name be used.

The 104th Regiment of Foot mustered in Fredericton on Feb. 16, 1812, with 600 soldiers and marched 1,176 kilometres to Kingston, Ont., and took part in several famous battles to repel American invaders.

The march took 57 days and lost only one soldier. It is considered one of the most epic marches in military history, said Seabrook.

The request to rename the bridge came from the St. John River Society, he said.

Seabrook said the bridge, located near the Fredericton Public Library, links the historic garrison district to the river. It is also close to the Carleton Street armoury, home to the 1st Royal New Brunswick Regiment, which over time evolved from the legendary 104th Regiment of Foot, he said.

Coun. Kate Rogers agreed that the name was long for a bridge but it was important to be historically accurate.

Coun. Mike O’Brien agreed that it was long but he wasn’t against it.

“I don’t think it’s going to hurt us at all,” he said.

Coun. Leah Levac raised the question of the city’s naming policy, which is under development. She noted that this is the third naming request council has received since announcing it was coming up with a policy.

Fredericton chief administrative officer Chris MacPherson said the naming policy was almost finished.

Kerton asked if council would have any input into the design of the bridge name sign.

Seabrook said it would not be installed until after the winter freeze and there would be lots of time for council input.

The motion to rename the foot bridge was passed and Mayor Brad Woodside said the city would apply for federal funding to help pay for the sign.

“Here in Atlantic Canada in the War of 1812, and in Canada actually, we’ve really never gotten the due that’s necessary,” he said.

“I think it was a phenomenal feat that was performed by the 104th Regiment of Foot.

“If you go up to Ontario, they don’t know that we exist.”

 

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New name: The pedestrian walkway that goes over St. Anne Point Boulevard at the end of Carleton Street is getting a new name. Above, Sara Perry walks over the bridge on her way to take photographs along The Green on Monday. Stephen MacGillivray/The Daily Gleaner

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