PP/GC/LE/153 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding the use of rifle sights, 1 January 1862
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, second Baronet, [Secretary of State for War], War Office, [London], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: there are difficulties regarding sights for the army rifles. The regular army have been trained to use them; if the men sent out to North America were ordered to fire without sights it would cause confusion and discontent. But if the regular army use sights, the Canadian militia probably will resent the distinction and feel humiliated. Such a feeling would be foolish, but Lewis believes it would exist. It would be difficult to explain that the regular army had had training in the use of sights, while the Canadians had not. Lewis is disposed to wait until a commander in chief is sent to North America; he could be given discretionary power on the subject. Mr Edgar Alfred Bowring is to be made a Companion of the Order of the Bath. 1 Jan 1862
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Edgar Arthur Bowring, Secretary to the 1851 Exhibition
Honours; awards; patronage
British colonial defence; Canada; threat of invasion during the American Civil War
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