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202   MILITARY HISTORY OF CANADA

with one company of the 24th, four of the 32nd, two of the 66th, one of the 83rd, and three guns. The rebels having fled, Gore left a garrison at St. Denis, and marched to St. Charles and St. Hyacinthe. Finding no trace of Papineau or his men, he returned to Sorel on the 7th, bringing with him the howitzer abandoned on the previous expedition, and destroying an iron gun left behind by the rebels at St. Denis.

By this time 2,000 volunteers had been armed and equipped at Montreal, and many more were ready for service in other parts of the province, including a very efficient corps raised by Colonel Jones of Missisquoi, which was guarding the Vermont frontier. Word had been received that a large body of rebels and American sympathizers had crossed into Canada from Swanton, and Lieut.-Col. Hughes with ten companies was sent to attack them. The Missisquoi Volunteers, 250 strong, had, however, anticipated the regulars, having met the rebels near the frontier and completely routed them.

Sir John Colborne now had at his disposal a force amply sufficient to meet all emergencies. In addition to the regulars, and the numerous corps of militia and volunteers in the province, all the militia corps in the eastern part of Upper Canada had volunteered their services, including the Glengarry Highlanders, the Grenville Militia, the Leeds Regiment, and the Perth Volunteer Artillery. Some 2,000 men marched to the aid of Colborne, giving him a total effective force of over 8,000 men.

Having pretty well cleared up the situation south of the St. Lawrence, Sir John Colborne turned his attention to the country north of Montreal, where the rebels had become very aggressive. Before describing the operations in this district, a few words must be said as to an incident that did more than anything else to injure the cause of the rebels. On November 22nd, Lieutenant Weir, of the 32nd, had been sent with despatches from Montreal to Sorel. Colonel Gore having left Sorel, Weir


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