Fort Henry | Kingston Ontario | Canada

Fort Henry Address – – 1 Fort Henry Drive, Kingston, Ontario, Canada – MAP

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History

Located at Point Henry.  The British built Fort Henry during the War of 1812.  Fearing Americans targeted the Point, to cut off trade along the St. Lawrence River.  Kingston stands in the middle.

The present buildings at Fort Henry rebuilt in 1832.  Larger than the original structure.  Advanced technology implemented in case the Americans attacked again.  Some more updates done in the 1930’s (at the same time as Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake)

Old Postcard -- Looking at the main square of Fort Henry, Kingston
Old Postcard — Looking at the main square of Fort Henry, Kingston

Ghosts

Many soldiers once stationed at Fort Henry have never left.

One soldier was John ‘Gunner’ Smith, a rifleman who lived and worked at Fort Henry.  He died when his gun malfunctioned, firing back at him.  They see Smith in the ‘Dry Ditch’ as you walk through the main gates.  This is a space between the main wall and the fort wall.  Gunner is lying on the dirt injured and screaming for help.

Called a Wandering Ghost, an unknown soldier not confined to one area but seen in many places.  The employees only see him for afar, never close enough to identify.

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Nils Von Schoultz – –

Nils Von Schoultz was a Finnish-born nationalist involved in the Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada.

Nils von Schoultz – – main ghost of Fort Henry hanged here in 1838

A traveling fighter, he’d see action in Poland fighting the Russians.  Then to France, which sent him to north Africa.  After this he settled down with a Scottish woman named Ann Campbell.  Settling in Sweden, he’d become an inventor, which took him to Britain to sell his new red dye.

This led him to the United States.  In upstate New York he got into salt processing.  A blue-collar worker getting involved with the Rebellion for a better life.  A group of politicians and soldiers wanting to free Canada from British rule, like in the United States.

John A Macdonald – – von Schoultz lawyer

Schoultz and his crew of about 200 soldiers tried an attack starting at Prescott (located just north of Kingston).  Making it to the outskirts of Kingston before being cornered by British militia.  Schoultz and crew held up firing bolts, door hinges and nails as bullets.  They eventually gave up.

Macdonald Represents Him & Death – –

He was full of regret during trial.  Almost won over the jury with help from his young lawyer.  The lawyer’s name, John A Macdonald (same Macdonald who’d become Canada’s first Prime Minister).  Schoultz explained his life.  He swore being caught up in passion and misunderstanding to the desires of Canadians.

It didn’t work and Von Schoultz was hanged, at Fort Henry in 1838.  Part of his fortune was given to families of British militia killed in the battle.  Another part to help build the original Regiopolis College in Kingston.

Today, Nils Von Schoultz remains a vigilante soldier, haunting the “Commanders Room 3”.  He moves objects and causes visitors to feel faint.

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