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Glengarry507 Nov 2019 8:52 p.m. PST

During the Riel rebellion in Canada Captain A.L. Howard of the Connecticut National Guard was loaned along with two gatling guns to the Canadians to fight the Metis and Indians. Were the guns entirely manned by members of the Connecticut National Guard or by Canadian gunners hastily trained to use these novel weapons? What uniforms would the Connecticut National Guardsmen wear? There is a photo of Captain A.L. Howard but it's hard to make out any details other than he is wearing a white kepi.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2019 1:01 a.m. PST

they were manned by the Northwest Mounted police.

Glengarry508 Nov 2019 12:23 p.m. PST

Oh, thank you

Redblack08 Nov 2019 4:59 p.m. PST

Here are a couple of contemporary illustration Accuracy may be problematic but they look good

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Glengarry508 Nov 2019 5:14 p.m. PST

That's curious. The manikin depicts a man in an artillery blue uniform and not the red NWMP/RCMP uniform. If juergnation is correct and the gatlings were crewed by the NWMP/RCMP perhaps they were issued with blue Royal Canadian Artillery uniforms?

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