The Red River Expedition

The Red River Expedition

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  •  The Red River Expedition
  • We are furious with this whole situation! Why Thomas Scott! I say revenge! Did you hear? Scott was executed recently 
  • Ontario 
  • Red River
  • Macdonald sent us to secure Red River and to provide protection from Americans looking to annex Manitoba. 
  • That's strange
  • My military force is called the Red River Expedition and I, Lieutenant-Colonel Garnet Wolseley, lead them 
  •  I don't understand, this expedition is not a part of the agreement with my provisional government.
  • Why do we need 1200 troops again?
  • These have been the longest 4 months ever!
  • Suck it up men and keep moving
  • I want to go back to Toronto
  • Why are we takingDawson Road? It's not even finished!
  • Despite the passing of the Manitoba Act, there was still conflict in the area. Many people in Ontario were upset by Scott’s execution. Macdonald sent armed forces to secure Red River, claiming it was to provide protection from Americans looking to annex Manitoba. 
  • Wait, where is Riel? There is nothing but dust left here
  • Fort Garry
  • Thank goodness I heard that the troops planned to kill me upon their arriva. By the time the expedition reaches Red River, I will be long gone in the United States
  • This military force was known as the Red River Expedition and was led by Lieutenant-Colonel Garnet Wolseley. This expedition was not a part of the agreement with Riel’s provisional government.
  • “Personally I was glad that Riel did not come out and surrender, as he at one time said he would, for I could not then have hanged him as I might have done had I taken him prisoner when in arms against his sovereign ... So ended this Red River Expedition sent by the Government of Canada to put down Riel’s rebellion and restore order.” Lieutenant-Colonel Garnet Wolseley
  • Wolseley’s troops left Toronto in late May 1870 and arrived in Fort Garry at the end of August. It took four months for the more than 1200 troops to reach Red River using the unfinished Dawson Road.
  • The expedition arrived to find Fort Garry deserted. Riel heard that the troops planned to kill him upon their arrival in retaliation for Scott’s execution. By the time the expedition reached Red River, Riel had fled in voluntary exile to the United States.
  • United States
  • En Fin
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