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Naval And Military Intelligence

Illustrated London News, January 4, 1862

The arrangements for dispatching the troops selected for service in Canada have now been entirely completed. The mail packet, which is to leave Liverpool to-day (Saturday) will take the second and third batteries of the fifteenth brigade of Garrison Artillery, consisting of twelve officers and 234 men, and this completes the list of troops forming the reinforcements. More than 10,000 men have been dispatched with extraordinary celerity, and it is gratifying to know that they have left our shores under circumstances which leave no room for doubt as regards their comfort and efficiency. The extra warm clothing, which has not been procured without difficulty, is of the best quality, and perfectly suited to the sharp winter the men will have to encounter. This extra clothing has in every case been so placed in the ships as to be accessible at any moment, and will be distributed to the men on the voyage should the weather be such as to requir3 the use of sealskin caps and similar articles. The number of transports wholly chartered by the Government is thirteen, all powerful screw-steamers; and in several cases troops have been sent by the Cunard mail-steamers to Halifax.

Last Saturday the Asia sailed from Liverpool for New York, under orders to call at Halifax, for which place the Asia had on board about 470 military passengers, and about 180 tons of stores, such as warm clothing, camp equipage, &c., for the troops. Among the military passengers were:-Colonel Wetherall, Chief of the Staff; Colonel Shadwell (late superintendent of the International Exhibition of 1862), Assistant Quartermaster-General; Lieutenant-Colonel Ross, Lieutenant-Colonel Crealock, Major Pearson; Major Burnby, R.E.; Captain Ellison, Captain Stokes, Deputy Inspector-General Frazer, Staff Assistant-Surgeon Woodfall, Assistant-surgeons Bryson, Robertson, and Gougan; Staff Surgeon-Major Menzies, Deputy-Purveyor Henderson, and Mr. Leight, on special service; and the third battalion of the Military Train, from Aldershott. Head-quarters, Staff, and No. 5 battery of the tenth brigade of Royal Artillery, from Woolwich, under Colonel Dunlop, C.B.

The screw-steamer Cleopatra left Liverpool for Queenstown for the second battalion 17th Regiment on Sunday.

The second battalion of the 16th Regiment of Foot embarked at Southampton last Saturday, in the transport steamer Magdalena, for Halifax.

The 96th left the Curragh on Saturday for Cork, and embarked on Monday for Canada on board the Calcutta and Victoria.

The Cunard mail-steamship Canada, which left Liverpool last Saturday for Halifax and Boston, took out the seventh battery of the tenth brigade of Royal Artillery (Captain child's), 6 officers and 117 men, to Halifax; and the eighth battery of the same brigade (Captain M'Rae's), 6 officers and 117 men, for Newfoundland. She also took out the fifth company of the Royal Engineers, for Bermuda-4 officers and 100 men; and six men of the Army Hospital Corps, for New Brunswick. The Canada also took out 103 tons of ammunition and stores, of which 73 tons are for Bermuda and 30 tons for Newfoundland; and 50,000 on Government account. A large number of the officers of the Staff went in the Canada.

The Canadian mail-steamer Hibernia has sailed, taking out the fourth company of the Royal Engineers-5 officers and 120 men; the G (Captain Hosti's) battery of the fourth brigade of Royal Artillery, from Aldershott-7 officers and 255 men; the sixth battery of the tenth brigade of Royal Artillery (Captain Robinson's), from Woolwich-6 officers and 117 men; a detachment of the first battalion 15th Foot-4 officers and 147 men. These troops are destined for New Brunswick.

The Pacific Steam-ship Company's fine new steamer Peru has sailed for South America with a detachment of fifty sailors and forty marines, besides a large quantity of ammunition and stores for the Pacific squadron.

The Calcutta and Adelaide, steam transport-vessels taken up by the War Department, have been shipping provisions at Deptford, and have arrived at Woolwich to complete their cargoes with war stores, and the H Battery of the fourth brigade of Royal Artillery.

The Sappers and Miners taken out by the Himalaya to Canada went from Halifax to Windsor by rail, and by steamer to Fredericton. They were to proceed by steamer to the Grand Falls, then march to Riviére du Loup, and proceed by rail to Quebec.

The Globe states that the wives and families of non-commissioned officers and men of the Royal Engineers, as well as of the other branches of the service ordered to British North America, will have the same liberal allowance as was granted in the case of the families of soldiers ordered to India during the rebellion.

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