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Captured US Arms and Equipment in the War of 1812
by Robert Henderson

   Far away from sources of supply, captured stores from US forces served to keep proportions of the militia and regulars in Upper Canada well stocked with arms and equipment.  The following are selections from stores captured at Detroit, Queenston Heights, and Black Rock (11 July 1813).  The reference to "French" muskets and bayonets refers to the American adoption of the French style of arms. Take note as to their condition as this may point to the age of the stores and whether they are earlier models.

s = serviceable
r = repairable
uns = unserviceable

Library and Archives of Canada, Record Group 8, Series I, vol. 1219

p. 165  "Return of Ordnance stores captured at Detroit.....

Bayonets, French
Canteens, Wood
Cartridge Boxes with Belts
Cartridge Boxes without Belts
Haversacks  -  small
Knapsacks, Blue
Knapsacks, Red
Knapsacks, Horse or Oxhide
Pikes, boarding, Common
Swords with scabbards
Wall Pieces
Rifles

2500s
17s    4r
2494s  6r
270s   74r  116uns
50s
21s
210s
20s
100s
13s   3r   1uns
15r
349s   110r   41uns"

"Return of stores at Queenston....[distributed to Artillery]

Muskets, French carbine
Pouches with belts
Pouches without belts
Side belts

435
245
80
141"

p. 175  "Captured at Black Rock on the Niagara River....

Muskets, English
Muskets, French
Bayonets, English
Bayonets, French

30s  24r   6uns
60s  40r   18uns
38
35"

 

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