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QuartersThe Accommodation of the British Army and the Coming of the American Revolution$
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John McCurdy

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501736605

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501736605.001.0001

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Constructing a Colonial Military Infrastructure

(p.50) Chapter 2 Barracks

John Gilbert McCurdy

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores the alternative quarters the American colonists sought for the North American Establishment, describing how massive barracks arose in the four largest American cities and several smaller towns in 1756-58. Following a history of barracks since ancient times, it explains the effects that barracks had on urban locales, colonists, and soldiers, as well as what happened in places that did not have barracks. The conclusion of the French and Indian War brought Canada, Florida, and the backcountry into the British Empire, which raised new questions about quartering as few of these places had barracks. Although the removal of the British army from the American colonies emptied the urban barracks, events like the Paxton Boys raids of 1763-64 put control of the military infrastructure at odds with the military geography of the colonies.

Keywords:   John William Gerard De Brahm, Barracks, Establishment, Supplies, Thomas Gage, Commander-in-chief, Canada, Thomas Walker, Wechquetanks, Paxton Boys

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