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Captain James Bruff report from Fort Niagara

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CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: Rev War Service Claims Files, RG217 view image
CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: Rev War Service Claims Files, RG217 view image
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Date November 5, 1796
Author Name James Bruff (primary) Location: Niagara
Recipient Name William Simmons (primary) Location: War Department
Summary Discussed his muster roll and shifts of detachments at Fort Niagara. Mentioned returned deserters and musicians. Enlistments due to expire soon. Discussed problem of soldiers deserting to Canada and enlisting in the British Army. Bruff was mortified that his men deserted, but noted that desertion is not from lax discipline; rather it was because of a desire for change, and incentives such as 200 acres of land, enlistment bounty, and high wages across the water. Bruff wishes the pay were enough to induce the soldiers to remain in service for the full term. News of British Army in Canada: military in upper Canada has orders to hold themselves in readiness to march to Quebec at a short notice. If they invade Canada, perhaps the rage to get on that side of the water may not be so great as present. Muster and pay rolls sent to the War Office. Discusses the difficulty of getting ships for transport on the Great Lakes. Bruss asked for a newspaper or two with next dispatch, since they are seldom received.
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Related Persons/Groups William Simmons; James Bruff; William Farr; Chd. Thomas; Private Smallwood; Captain Kiltissen; Alexander Withers; Hunt; Heaton; Pain; Major Rivardi; Captain Littlefield;
Related Places War Department; Niagara; Quebec; St. Johns; Great Lakes; Canada; Detroit; Oswego Harbor; Upper Canada; ;
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