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875 rue des Ursulines
Trois-Rivières, Three Rivers
Three Rivers, Trois-Rivieres is a city in the Mauricie region of Quebec. It is located along the densely populated Quebec City-Windsor Corridor at the confluence of the Saint-Maurice and Saint Lawrence rivers. It was founded in 1634, the second permanent settlement in New France. The current city was created in 2002 from the merging of six towns : Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Pointe-du-Lac, Sainte-Marthe-du-Cap, Saint-Louis-de-France, Trois-Rivieres and Trois-Rivières-Ouest. Canada
The Russian cannon is located at the town end of the Rue des Ursulines at the Place d'Armes. This was originally the camping ground of the Algonquins when they came to trade their furs, and between about 1750 to 1815 was the military parade ground. The canon was made in Russia. It is 2.72 metres in length and made of bronze. The double-headed eagle of the Russian Empire is caste into the upper part. Inscriptions in Russian, the serial "N21144" and the year "1828" also appear.
The cannon was presented by a grateful Her Majesty's Government to Trois Rivieres as a memorial for soldiers from Trois-Rivieres who fought aside the British in 1856 during the Crimean Campaign. The Crimean War was generally-speaking a disaster, being the first British involvement in a major war since Waterloo. British senior officers, who had been very junior officers in the Napoleonic War, were desperately trying to remember tactics long-forgotten of which even then they only had a limited grasp and which were hopelessly out-of-date 40 years later.
Couple that with supply lines that instead of being just a couple of hundred miles were several thousand miles long and fighting in a bitter winter for which they were simply not prepared, and you have a catastrophe in the making. It was only the fact that the Russians were even more hopelessly disorganised that a total disaster was averted.
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