Headquarters Office Papers for Nova Scotia : 1783-1907; predominant 1825-1870
|Call Number:||MIC-Loyalist FC LMR .G7A7H4N6|
|Creator:||Great Britain. Army. Nova Scotia District.|
|Description:||19 microfilm reels textual records (46 volumes ) ; 35 mm|
As stated in The Inventory of Manuscripts in the Public Archives of Nova Scotia: This is the official record of regiments and corps which have served in the Nova Scotian Command since May and October 1783 when the troops arrived from New York after the American Revolutionary War. Bermuda was struck off the command on 27 April 1868. Troops were withdrawn from New Brunswick in May and June 1869 and from Newfoundland on 4 October 1870. In 1871 all Imperial troops were withdrawn from Canada with the the exception of a garrison of 2000 at Halifax. The Lieutenant General commanding at Halifax became Lieutenant General commanding in North America and in war was commander of all forces in British North America. He was also second in precedence to the Governor General. In 1905 Canada agreed to take over the responsibility for the defences of Halifax and Esquimalt.
Vols. 171-186. Order Books kept at Fredericton and Saint John, New Brunswick; chiefly General Orders issued from Halifax, and Garrison Orders issued from Saint John that relate to Fredericton, 1825-1869. (Note: many of the orders from Fredericton can be found in the order books kept at Saint John). Based on the contents in vol. 182 (May 1864-Feb 1865), the general orders were directed from the Major of Brigade at Headquarters in Halifax (Robert B. Stokes) to: the Town Major (Thomas Jones), or Officer Commanding the Troops in New Brunswick, or Acting Town Major ([Lt.] A. [Arthur] Kemmis of the 15th Regiment of Foot), and related mostly to orders or directions pertaining to the 15th Regiment of Foot, Royal Engineers and Royal Artillery. Topics included court martials (charge, verdict, sentence), personnel (discharges, promotions, leaves of absence, appointments, invalids, transfers, prisoners), administrative protocols, and stores or provisions such as fuel, lights and ammunitions.
Vols. 193-194. Memorandum Book A, 1865, and Memorandum Book B, 1868 mainly from Major of Brigade's Office, Halifax to officers commanding troops in New Brunswick at Fredericton and Saint John, etc.; a few memos from Fredericton and Saint John are also included, mostly in Book B.
Vols. 195-196. General Orders issued from Halifax, 1839-1845.
Vols. 187-192. District and Garrison Orders issued from Fredericton, 1845-1865; District Orders sometimes contain Halifax General Orders reissued at Fredericton as District General Orders
Vols. 197-212. Order Books kept at Saint John, NB, mainly General Orders issued from Halifax, NS, and District Orders issued from Fredericton, NB, 1845-1870.
Vols. 213-216. Garrison Orders issued at Saint John, New Brunswick, 1830-1863 (some years missing); volumes 213-215 (May 1830-Nov. 1848), Town Major at Saint John was John Gallagher, except for 23 Feb. to 20 March 1833 when Captain G. Rexton of the 34th Regiment of Foot was Acting Town Major; includes also:
Volume 216 (1862 - 30 Sept.1863) shows the Major of Brigade in Saint John was R.L.O. Pearson, and at Halifax, it was R. B. Stokes, and based on the first few months, much of the content revolves around the troops on march from New Brunswick to Riviere du Loup (or Canada), appointments and transfers of personnel, and general garrison duties such as working parties to help with supplies from specified vessels, etc.. The military units include the 1st Battery Rifle Brigade, Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, 2nd Battalion Scots Fusilier Guards, and regiments of foot - 1st Battalion 15th, 16th, 63rd, and 96th.
Other unrelated titles were microfilmed by the Nova Scotia Archives with this collection:
|Originals:||The original records are held by the Nova Scotia Archives (NSA), previously known as the Public Archives of Nova Scotia (PANS).|
|Archival Ref. No.:||
(NSA) PANS MG 12 vol. 0; MG 12 vol. 171-186; MG 12 vol. 193-194; MG 12 vol. 195-196; MG 12 vol. 187-192;MG 12 vol. 197-212; MG 12 vol. 213-216
(NSA) PANS MG 20 vol. 1325 numbers 1-5; MG 20 vol. 1326 no. 1
Microfilm Shelf List is available to indicate the microfilm reel numbers and date coverage for each volume and is located in The Loyalist Collection red binders and electronically (see Electronic Finding Aid section).
|Electronic Finding Aid Record:||
Microfilm Shelf List.pdf
Document List Vols. 182 and 184.pdf
Document List Vol. 216 (partial).pdf
|Part Of:||St. Paul's Home for Girls Records, Series A Directors of Management Minute Books is part of a larger collection entitled St. Paul's Home for Girls Fonds held at the Nova Scotia Archives, containing Series A to H for the years 1867 to 1976. The Loyalist Collection has two volumes from Series A only: volume 1325 complete, and volume 1326 document number 1 only.|