Adjutant General's Office, United Canada : Registers of officers

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Canada. Dept. of Militia
Adjutant General's Office, United Canada : Registers of officers
Lists of officers of French-Canadian and of British origin
Registers of officers of the Volunteer Militia
RG 9 I C 6
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Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
The first Militia Act for the united Province of Canada, passed in 1846, altered little the existing structures and formations in the two provinces of Upper and Lower Canada. While there was a single Adjutant General of Militia, the Adjutant could call upon the assistance of the Deputy Adjutants General in Lower Canada and Upper Canada (the old provincial names were retained within the militia). The act gave them the power to issue Militia General Orders, to grant commissions, as well as the responsibility for the organization, training, management and discipline of the militia. They, and their small staffs, were the only full-time officers. The office was vacant for lengthy periods and the Deputy Adjutants General looked after matters in their respective halves of the Province. The Militia Act of 1855 permitted the formation of an Active Militia. The 5,000 volunteers were armed, equipped and paid 5 shillings a day for 10 days of training a year (20 days for those in the artillery). Captains were paid 10 shillings 6 pence a day. Initially set at 5,000 men, the Act's popularity forced the government to double its size to 10,000 men by 1856. Trained at the expense of taxpayers, the men had to provide their own uniforms.
This collection consists of registers of officers. The registers generally include the rank and name of officers, the dates of commissions and retreats, and the date and person to whom the commission was delivered. The collection also includes lists of officers for the Volunteer Militia.