The Canadian Way of War: Serving the National Interest

By Colonel Bernd Horn | Go to book overview
Save to active project

A Modicum of Professionalism:
The Canadian Militia in the Nineteenth Century

by John R. Grodzinski

If a country should maintain in time of peace, the military
establishment only which is required in time of peace, it would
keep up no military force at all. A military force is maintained in
time of peace as a preparation against a possible war, and it is an
admitted axiom that the most effective preparation against such
an emergency is to maintain in peace the skeleton of an army
which can be filled in and augmented when the occasion arrives.
A skeleton force representing a large army is far more valuable as
a precautionary measure in peace and at the same time far less
costly than a small army complete in all its parts would be. Of
such a skeleton army the General Staff and the officers form at
once the most essential and the least costly parts. Hence at the
termination of a war the reduction of expenditure is achieved
principally by the reduction of the rank and file; in a very small
degree only by the reduction of the Staff and Officers

Colonel Patrick MacDougall,
Adjutant-General of the Canadian Militia, 1868

The spring and summer of 1815 were notable for the celebrations throughout the provinces of British North America. In March of that year, news of the negotiated end to the War of 1812 was confirmed, while during the summer came the joyful news that allied forces under the command of the duke of Wellington had defeated Napoleon Bonaparte once and for all at Waterloo. At Montreal and the few other major centres, victory parties, dinners, and balls were held.1

For the British and Canadian Regulars in Canada came the opportunity to ponder the return to peace, demobilization, and the civilian life, following a quarter-century of war. Their fame was lost in the shadows of Waterloo, “the greatest action of modern time,” which likely made


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Canadian Way of War: Serving the National Interest


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 409

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?