John A. Joins the Local Militia


As an able male, Macdonald is required to join the local militia. They train on the Cricket Field, just south of the present-day Frontenac County Court House, a few days each summer. In December 1837, 22-year-old Macdonald is with the government force that marches up Yonge Street in Toronto to attack rebel-leader William Lyon Mackenzie's rag-tag force at Montgomery's Tavern. “I carried my musket in '37,” he'll recall in later years and mention in the House of Commons that he “fought as bravely as my confreres.”