Militia general orders, Upper Canada
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- Upper Canada. Adjutant General's Office.
- Militia general orders, Upper Canada
RG 9 I B 3, vol. 1-10
- Document source
- Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
From the end of the 18th century to the unification of Lower and Upper Canada, the role of Adjutant-General was considered the most important position in the Canadian militia. He reported to the Governor General and his principal function was to enforce the various militia acts. As intermediary between the Governor and the militia officers, the Adjutant General was responsible to ensure that the militia assembled and trained annually, that returns and nominal rolls were produced regularly, that general orders were issued and transmitted, that the militia played its part in times of war, and finally, that militiamen and veterans were rewarded for their participation in armed conflicts.
This collection consists of bound copies of handwritten and printed orders, originating from the Adjutant General's Office and announcing changes in militia organization as well as officers' appointments, promotions and retirements. The Adjutant General, in his role as intermediary between the governor and the militia officers, was responsible for ensuring that general orders were issued and transmitted.