Defence of the Undefended Border: Planning for War in North by Richard Arthur Preston

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An officer who had served in Canada during the border troubles in the 1830s and 1840s, writing to his son in the Canadian garrison in 1862, put the situation plainly. He said, "Of all the generals who talked of war in North America only two had sensible views on the subject, Sir George Murray and Sir James Kempt. . 81 This view apparently circulated also at the policy-making level. In 1861 Gen. John F. " He believed this would be so because the forces employed by both sides would essentially be militia and volunteers who would receive support at home and could fight better on prepared battlefields.

However, this preliminary step was taken only half-heartedly. Reluctance to do anything more immediately may have been due to lack of conviction that there was any real danger of invasion. As Lord Lyons, the British ambassador in Washington reported, "the weather is threatening but the storm may not improbably blow over"76—which indeed it did for a time. The conclusion to be drawn is that, although many Canadians were ready to fight to defend their country, even if an invasion were caused by imperial issues, most were still unconvinced that one was likely.

An officer who had served in Canada during the border troubles in the 1830s and 1840s, writing to his son in the Canadian garrison in 1862, put the situation plainly. He said, "Of all the generals who talked of war in North America only two had sensible views on the subject, Sir George Murray and Sir James Kempt. . 81 This view apparently circulated also at the policy-making level. In 1861 Gen. John F. " He believed this would be so because the forces employed by both sides would essentially be militia and volunteers who would receive support at home and could fight better on prepared battlefields.

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