Military Subjects:  War of 1812


The War of 1812 Magazine

Issue 4: June 2006

Documents, Artefacts and Imagery

What's a Young Canadian Fellow to do, or, Two Sides of the Same Border


Kingston Gazette, 12 December 1812

                                           Sharp-Shooters -- Volunteers

Wanted for the Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles -- Brave and loyal young men of good character, who wish to defend their lives and property, their mothers and sisters from insult, their country from invasion and dishonour, can in no way discharge this sacred duty with so much advantage to themselves and benefit to their country, as by joining this highly favoured corps in which young men of activity, and respectable character are sure to meet with encouragement and promotion -- Those spirited young men who choose to join this fine young regiment during the American war only, will receive Four Guineas Bounty, and a complete set of regimental clothing consisting of

A Regimental Green Jacket
A Cloth Shell Jacket
A pair of Cloth Pantaloons
A pair of shoes
A Regimental Cap
A Military Great Coat

As every man is liable to be called upon to carry arms during this unjust and unprovoked war, the advantages held out by this liberal offer, are too evident to require any comment. To those who engage to server for three years, or til a general Peace, Seven Guineas Bounty, one hundred acres of Crown Lands, and clothing as above, will be given. And his Excellency the commander of the Forces, sensible of the high valor and estimation in which a brave and loyal population merits being held by the Governm, and which is at this time evinced in the most honourable manner, by the patriotic and gallant exertions of the heroic Militia of this Province, assured the soldiers engaging in the Glengarry Light Infantry, that in selecting eligible situations for their future establishment in either Province, every consideration and indulgence will be paid to their comforts and ultimate advantage.

Apply at Walker's Hotel

Alex. Roxburgh

Capt. Glengarry Light Infantry

Quebec Gazette, 24 February 1814

Found in the baggage of an American officer left at French Mills


EVERY Canadian Patriot who has fled from under the yoke of Slavery, and the tyranny of a King, and who wishes to contend for Religion, Equality, and Independence and the Liberty of his country; can, by coming to Plattsburgh, enlist in a Canadian Rifle Company, for the term of five years or during the war:

He will receive

124 Dolls. bounty

160 Acres of land

Besides his clothing, one ration per day and eight dollars a month.

                                                  HUZZA FOR LIBERTY

William Bezeau

2 Lieut. 1st Reg. U.S. Light Artillery



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