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Volunteer rifleman, Halifax Rifles, 1859

Caption: Volunteer rifleman, Halifax Rifles, 1859

The 'Halifax Rifles' was a company of volunteers that was a part of a flourishing volunteer militia in the province of Nova Scotia in 1859. One year later, the company joined five others to form the 'Halifax Volunteer Battalion'. The grey seen in this man's uniform was popular with volunteer units in Canada and Great Britain. It provided a measure of camoflage, and distinguished the volunteers from the regular army. Reconstruction by Ron Volstad. (Canadian Department of National Defence)