Fonds ID2207 - Moose Island garrison

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Moose Island garrison

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  • 1818 (Creation)
    Moose Island garrison

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7 pp of textual records

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During the war of 1812, the British occupied Fort Sullivan on Moose Island in Passamaquoddy Bay located off Eastport, Maine, starting in 1814. After the war ended in 1815, the British claimed that Moose Island fell on the British side of the border separating the United States and the colony of New Brunswick. Following negotiations, the Americans relinquished their claims to several islands east of Moose Island, and the British, in turn, returned the Island to British control in 1818. The commander of the British garrison was Capt. R. Gibson.

Sources: Historical Atlas of Canada The Land Transformed; Hurtig, The Canadian Encyclopedia

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This fonds consists of contemporary copies of letters to Captain R. Gibbon and Sgt. Peter Crook of the British garrison from the citizens of Eastport, Maine in 1818 and their replies. The correspondence discusses the return of Moose Island to the United States. It gives details of the handing-over ceremony and expresses the high esteem of the citizens for the conduct of Capt. Gibbon and his men toward them.

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Moose Island (Maine) CB DOC

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