Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site
The Morrison Ford was on a bend in the Châteauguay River further from the cart road at this location, allowing for a quick crossing of the river.
When the barracks were full, the militia members were lodged in the homes of local residents. The law required them to house them under the threat of a fine of 20 shillings for a first offence, and a fine of 5 pounds or a prison term not exceeding 15 days in the event of a reoffence.
At the time, the principal characteristics of a resident’s home could be described as follows: the floors were of wood, the chimney was in the middle of the house, and a divider separated the kitchen from the living room with small bedrooms at its ends.
It is said that many owners living along the shores of the Châteauguay had to tolerate a significant number of soldiers in their homes. Often, the bourgeois class (notaries, lawyers, doctors, etc.) gave preference to officers, particularly those already known by the family. As well, some residents were able to rent their homes for accommodations or as a guard house.
Today, it was still possible to identify some homes that were here at the time of the battle. It is however difficult to be sure which ones were used for the purposes described above.
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