|1812; Glengarries as Artillerymen, and damned fine shots
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|Author:||pud [ Tue Sep 05, 2006 9:28 pm ]|
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**Up The Glens: Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders 1783-1994. The Old Book Store, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. 1995. Lieutenant Colonel Boss,CD. p. 15.
"In March the recruits for the Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles were attached for training and discipline to a detachment of the British 41st Regiment of Foot at QuÃ©bec that was under the command of Major Francis Battersby. In those days, a proportion of men in each company of an infantry unit including one Serjeant and one Corporal, to every 19 Privates, were trained in Garrison and Field Artillery drill in order that in an emergency they could serve as artillerymen; on more than one occasion during the war of 1812-14 the men of Glengarry Fencibles manned the guns. A contemporary historian reported that the Glengarry Regiment possessed many excellent shots. He said: I have seen a Serjeant of the Glengarries who would permit you to pick out any musket from any in the Corps, and let him load it, when he would knock the head off a pigeon at the top of the highest tree in the forest."
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