Canadian Pen And Ink Sketches

Canadian Pen And Ink Sketches

by John Fraser


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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

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ISBN-13: 9781406780246
Publisher: Ghose Press
Publication date: 10/09/2007
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.89(d)

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CHAPTER VII. REMINISCENCES CANADIAN REBELLION 1838. Lachine, Monday, the 5th of November, 1838. —The morn is up again ! But not " the dewy " morn with breath all incense and with cheek " all bloom." It was a dull, cold November one. The old village presented a grand and cheering sight. The Brigade of three hundred "men was i Q full force; not in the same rig aa in the previous December. They were now in full military costume, having comfortable pilot cloth overcoats, grey trousers with red stripes, all able-bodied men, farmers, farmers' sons, and farm hands, well fitted for any hard or rough work. The words, " the might that slumbers in "a peasant's arm," might be fittingly applied to them. Besides the Brigade, the village was filled with Indians from Caughnawaga, and there were several hundred of the Montreal men who hadjoined. It was expected the order would be issued at any moment to advance on Chateau- guay. It was with difficulty the men were restrained from making an attack on their own hook, without orders. This would have spoiled (he whole affair, and might have proved disastrous. One dear to all was missing; their old leader, Major Penner, was not there. He had gone over to England that summer to pay a visit to his old Hereford home. The men missed him sadly. Sir John Colborne supplied the vacancy by sending out Captain Campbell, of the 7th Hussars. The boys soon took to their new leader. Sir John Colborne's plan was to place his regulars between the rebel camps at Chateauguay and Beauharnois, and the frontier, to intercept succour and prevent escape, leaving the Lachine force to watch their front and prevent their escape to the northern district. His, Sir John's,headquarters were at St. Johns. Orders were sent for the Glengarry Highlanders to cross the r...

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