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Hemmingford Loyal Volunteers, Canada

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[Hemmingford Loyal Volunteers] image by Marc Pasquin, 31 August 2016

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Regimental Flag presented to Colonel Scriver by a group of women of Hemmingford on the 9th of may 1839. It was meant to commemorate the participation of the Hemmingford Loyal Volunteers, a militia composed of local men during the conflict, and their victory over the Patriote forces at the Battle of Lacolle (7th of November 1838).

Hemmingford, in the Eastern Townships region of modern day Quebec, was settled by United Empire Loyalists following the US revolution and as such its inhabitants sided mostly with the Council during the Patriote Uprising. The area is just across the border from the US which is why the Hemmingford Loyal Volunteers were present at 2 battles (Lacolle and Odelltown) where they joined British regulars and other militiamen to face Robert Nelson and his Frères-Chasseurs.

It is currently held by the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Marc Pasquin, 31 August 2016