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Soldier, Light Infantry company, 3rd Battalion Lower Canada Select Embodied Militia, 1813

Caption: Soldier, Light Infantry company, 3rd Battalion Lower Canada Select Embodied Militia, 1813

This man of the Lower Canada Select Embodied Militia wears the red coat with yellow facings worn by the 3rd Battalion in 1813. Although the British red coats were unpopular with the French Canadian conscripts who made up these units, the colour was important in making these militia units look like regular British troops. At the battle of Châteauguay in October 1813, this very factor helped win the battle for the Canadian defenders. Reconstruction by Gerald A. Embleton. (Parks Canada)