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British regiments or battalions consisted normally of ten companies, two of which were composed of specially selected men: a Light Infantry company, of active, alert men, generally good marksmen, employed as skirmishers, and a Grenadier company of the...
It is said that in the battle of Lake Erie, owing to insufficient and defective fuses, the cannon of Barclay s fleet had to be fired by discharging pistols into their touch-holes.
Artillery in Canada during the period covered by this volume consisted of two kinds: stationary cannon, generally of large calibre, used for the defense or siege of forts, and on board warships...
British officers wore the traditional scarlet coat, with a crimson sash around the waist and knotted at the left. American officers uniforms were dark blue, and lacked the sash.
Observe the high collars, reaching to the ears, worn by superior officers, especially Americans, and the cocked hats, worn broadside. Also note that the faces were clean shaven, except for a very small crescent-shaped side whisker.
Fort Wellington is situated on the eastern outskirts of Prescott, Ont., on the St. Lawrence. It is an excellent specimen of the earthwork and palisaded fortifications of the period, and remains as it was when completed in 1837.
No iron was used. The frame was held together with wooden pegs. The tires were bound round with strips of shagannappi , raw fresh skin of buffalo or cattle, which as it dried, shrank & held them tightly, forming a hard & durable rim.