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Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada
Recherche sur la Forteresse-de-Louisbourg Lieu historique national du Canada
PRELIMINARY HISTORICAL REPORT, ROYAL BATTERY NUMBER 2
By John Humphreys
October 15, 1964
(Fortress of Louisbourg Report Number H F 5)
When I began the research for this report in June I was given the following instructions:
A chronology of the battery's initial construction comprises Section I of this report. Modifications to the original construction are described in Section II, and the battery's occupation and use are outlined in Section III. Nineteen diagrams of the battery taken from the plans held at Ottawa are reproduced in the Plan Appendix [Report H F 6], which is referred to throughout Sections I and II. All material concerning the battery found in the sources listed below has been extracted and typed out, and is to be found in the Research Notes Appendix. This appendix is referred to in the footnotes in all sections of the report.
The sources researched were the following:
Unless specified otherwise, inclusion of a series in the above list i9ndicates that I have researched all the volumes or articles of that series which were in the microfilm library at Ottawa as of September 15, 1964. In addition, I researched the follo0wing English sources:
The anonymous "Letter of an Inhabitant of Louisbourg" was also consulted for the 1745 siege. The largest remaining gap in the research appears to be the official correspondence during the period of British occupation in the 1740's, and during the years immediately following the second siege. Admiralty and Colonial records and correspondence at the Public Archives of Canada should be consulted for this, and the Demolition reports might provide useful details of the battery's configuration in 1758. Any French diaries or journals not included in the series already researched should also be consulted. In conducting any further research it should be borne in mind that the definitive toisé of the battery has not yet been unearthed - it appears in none of the series I have researched. The study of this document would be extremely useful for clarifying the state of the battery at the close of its initial construction.
October 15, 1964