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Canadian Historic Sites: Occasional Papers in Archaeology and History No. 15

A History of Martello Towers in the Defence of British North America, 1796-1871

by Ivan J. Saunders


Adam, Graeme Mercer
Illustrated Quebec, 1535-1608, 1763-1893 (The Gibraltar and Tourists' Mecca of America) Under French and English Occupancy, the Story of its Famous Annals, with Pen Picture Descriptive of the Matchless Beauty and Quaint Mediaeval Characteristics of the Canadian Gibralter. McConiff, Montreal, 1891.

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Bourne, Kenneth
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Burgoyne, Sir John
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Canada. Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. National Historic Parks and Sites Branch.
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Canada. Public Archives.
Report on Canadian Archives (1884), Ed. Douglas Brymmer, Queen's Printer, 1885.

Canada. Public Archives. Manuscript Division.
MG11, CO42, Colonial Office Papers, Canada, Correspondence, 1700-1909; CO188, New Brunswick, Correspondence, 1784-1867; CO217, Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, Correspondence, 1603-1867; CO880, Canadian Defence Papers

MG12, WO1, War Office Papers, Secretary at War, In-letters, 1755-1855; WO33, Reports and Miscellaneous Papers, 1862-85; WO44, Ordnance Office, In-letters, 1812-55; WO55, Ordnance Miscellaneous, 1740-1863; WO80, Murray Papers, Miscellaneous, 1804-54

RG8, C Series, British Military and Naval Records. Some 250 volumes of this extensive series were examined. Among the most useful are 1631/2, 285-6, 369, 398, 696-7, 862, 1208, 1218, 1221, 1264A, 1280-1, 1300-2, 1336-7, 1407-8, 1409A, 1427-32, 1436, 1438, 1445, 1458, 1461, 1468, 1529, 1553, 1564, 1569, 1578-9, 1580-5, 1591A, 1610-2, 1618, 1625, 1635, 1649-54, 1671, 1675, 1691, 1705-7, 1710, 1761, 1767, 1771, 1773, 1811-12, 1816-8, 1825, 1827, 1829-31.

RG8, Series II, Ordnance Records, Canada, 1804-70. Among the most useful volumes are 6-9, 11, 13-4, 18, 20, 29, 32, 34, 80-1, 86, 95

Canada. Public Archives. Map Division.
Maps and plans, Halifax, New Brunswick, Quebec City, Kingston.

Canfield, Eugene B.
Civil War Naval Ordnance. U.S.G.P.O., Washington, D.C., 1969.

Carman, William Young
A History of Firearms; From the Earliest Times to 1914. Routledge and Paul, London, 1955.

Chapelle, Howard Irving
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Chown, John D.
The 9-pdr. Muzzle Loading Rifle. Museum Restoration Service, Ottawa, 1967.

Congreve, Sir William
An Elementary Treatise on the Mounting of Naval Ordnance. Museum Restoration Service, Ottawa, 1970. (Originally published London, 1811).

Connally, Thomas William John
The History of the Corps of Royal Sappers and Miners. Longman, Brown, Green and Longman, London, 1855, 2 vols.

Cruikshank, Ernest Alexander
Inventory of Military Documents in the Canadian Archives. King's Printer, Ottawa, 1910.

Dendy, John Oliver
"The Strategic Importance of Kingston: A Study of the Role Played by the British Base at Kingston, Ontario, in the Defence of Canada, 1778-1854." Unpubl. M.A. thesis, Carleton University, Ottawa, 1965.

Denison, George Taylor
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De Wattevile, Herman Gaston
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Doughty, Sir Arthur George
The Fortress of Quebec, 1608-1903. Dussault & Proulx, Quebec, 1904.

Douglas, Sir Howard
Observations on Modern Systems of Fortification Including That Proposed by M. Carnot, and a Comparison of the Polygonal with the Bastion System; to which are added, Some Reflections on Intrenched Positions, and a Tract on the Naval, Littoral, and Internal Defence of England. J. Murray, London, 1859.

Duncan, Francis, comp.
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Edwards, R. F., comp. and ed.
Roll of Officers of the Corps of Royal Engineers from 1660 to 1898, Compiled from the Ms Rolls of the late Captain T. W. J. Connolly, R. E. and brought up to date in the office of the R. E. Institute, Chatham. Royal Engineers Institute, Chatham, 1898.

Fergusson, Charles Bruce
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Gooding, Sidney James
An Introduction to British Artillery in North America. Museum Restoration Service, Ottawa, 1965.

Great Britain, Army.
Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda at Woolwich. Royal Artillery Institute, London, 1963.

Report of the Committee Appointed to Enquire into the Construction, Condition, and Cost of the Fortifications. London, 1869.

Great Britain. Army. Corps of Royal Engineers.
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Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons.
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Greener, William
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Hammond, John Martin
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Hitsman, John MacKay
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Hughes, Basil Perronet
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Ingram, George C.
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James, William
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Jervois, William Francis Drummond
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Lavell, W. S.
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Lewis, Col.
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Lewis, Emmanuel Raymond
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Lewis, James Frederick
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Montizambert, Charles-Edward
Dominion Artillery Association, Prize Essay, For the Medal pres. by his Excellency the Right Hon. Earl of Dufferin . . . On the Supply, Care and Repair of Artillery Material. Gunnery School Press, Quebec, 1877.

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Morton, Desmond Paul
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Munroe, George
"The Prince of Wales Tower, Halifax, N.S." Manuscript on file, National Historic Parks and Sites Branch, Ottawa.

Noble, Sir Andrew
Artillery and Explosives; Essays and Lectures Written and Delivered at Various Times. J. Murray, London, 1906.

Note on Martello Towers
In "Editorial," Antiquity, Vol. 43, No. 172 (1969), p. 256.

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Piers, Harry
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Stokes, Peter J.
"Martello Tower, Lancaster, N.B." Manuscript on file, National Historic Parks and Sites Branch, Ottawa, 1963.

Straith, Hector
Introductory Essay to the Study of Fortification for Young Officers of the Army. William Allen, London, 1857.

Sutcliffe, Sheila
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Thomas, Lynall
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Ward, S. P. G.
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Winter, Fritz G. M.
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