PP/GC/LE/150 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding the threat of an invasion of Canada by the Unionists during the American Civil War, and action to be taken by British forces, 2 December 1861
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, second Baronet, [Secretary of State for War], War Office, [London], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: the government is already in possession of the information in the letter [not present]. An officer from the Quartermaster General's department will be sent out by the `Melbourne' on the following Thursday. He will land at the mouth of the River du Loup and prepare the line from there to Fredericston or St John's in readiness for troops being moved to Quebec. "If the Americans make a dash, it will probably be upon Montreal." It will be advisable to send reinforcements to Halifax. Lewis thought that four regiments would be required. In this case it will be necessary to use some regiments of militia, and two batteries of artillery. If Palmerston does not think it necessary to call a cabinet, Lewis will take immediate arrangements to send a regiment up the St Lawrence to Quebec. There is still time for this. 2 Dec 1861
One paper
All images are copyright. Please contact Archives@soton.ac.uk if you wish to reproduce this material
Riviere de Loup, Quebec, Canada
Fredericston, New Brunswick, Canada
St John and St John's River, New Brunswick, Canada
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
St Lawrence River, Quebec, Canada
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
British colonial defence; Canada; threat of invasion during American Civil War
Facebook Twitter Stumbleupon Delicious Digg RSS