John A. Takes Up Arms

1837-1838
Shooting of Col. Robert Moodie in front of John Montgomery's tavern, Yonge St., w. side, near Montgomery Ave. by Charles William Jefferys. Source: Toronto Public Library.Pinterest
Shooting of Col. Robert Moodie in front of John Montgomery's tavern, Yonge St., w. side, near Montgomery Ave. by Charles William Jefferys. Source: Toronto Public Library.

John A. Macdonald bore arms during the Rebellion of 1837 motivated by a demand for political reform. Macdonald was on the government side as they marched up Yonge Street in Toronto with their muskets and cannons and flushed the insurgents from Montgomery's Tavern. Macdonald later told Joseph Pope, “...I thought I should have dropped under the weight of the old flint musket, which galled my shoulder. But I managed to keep up with my companion, a grim old soldier who seemed impervious to fatigue.”