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Author Name:    BOULTON, Charles A., Major. ROBERTSON, Heather, ed. Richard Bonnycastle Book, 3).

Title:   I Fought Riel : A Military Memoir. First thus in dustjacket.

Publisher:    James Lormier & Company Publishers, Toronto, 1985, ISBN:0888629354 

Seller ID:   41842

BOULTON, Charles A., Major. I Fought Riel : A Military Memoir. Edited by Heather Robertson. Toronto : James Lorimer & Company, Publishers, 1985. Firstthus printing. Pp. (8),ix-xvi,(4),3-225,(5). Map endpapers. 8vo, blue clot h with gilt lettering to spine. Charles Arkoll Boulton, b. April 17, 1841, Cobourg, ON; d. May 15, 1899, Russell, MB, was also a John A. Macdonald Senate appointee. A reprint of Boulton's "Reminiscences of the North-West Rebellion". "This is history in the making, an eyewitness account of the clash between Metis and 'Canadians' over the destiny of the British North-West. Major Charles Arkoll Boulton was there, a proud soldier pitted against the equally proud 'rebel chief', Louis Riel. First published in 1886, Boulton's story of adventure and intrigue records the conflict that makes the fate ofLouis Riel controversial to this day. Award-winning author Heather Roberts on has recovered this treasure and provided an informative and insightful introduction. Major Boulton had the distinction of being a key figure in both of the North-West Rebellions. As leader of the 'Canadian' opposition to the Metis during the Red River Rising of 1869-70, Boulton was singled out for execution by Riel. Thomas Scott was shot instead, but Boulton's confrontation with Riel left him with an entrenched loathing of the half-breed leader. Boulton regretted the destruction of the Indian way of life, but as a military man and English-Canadian his own loyalties were fierce. When rebellion again swept the prairie in 1885, Major Boulton was quick to recruit his own force of mounted infantry. Boulton's Scouts served at the heart of combat at Fish Creek and Batoche. Boulton's unique role takes him to scenes of massacre and mayhem, to prairie encampments where Indian chiefs argued their cause, and to the headquarters of Metis spokesmen and the distinguished English general, Frederick Middleton. Whether as observer or combatant, Boulton is always caught up in the drama of passion and ambition that shaped the Canadian West." Very good in dustjacket. 20.00


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