Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Underground - Chapter Three Posted!
The third chapter of Underground, “A Proper Crutch,” is now available at www.cmgbooks.com/5.html. I’m sorry it’s late; some last-minute research turned up some last-minute plot problems. For instance:Lieutenant Mills was originally posted to
in Niagara; was abandoned in the 1820s. You see the problem? ;). This was then complicated by exams and a
major research paper. Fort George
In any event, exams are finished, all the plot bugs are now ironed out (I hope) and the chapter is ready for your enjoyment!
Some Notes on the Chapter:
The Watkins wing of
was constructed in 1863 as an isolation ward.
Many of the beds were reserved for charity, but a few on the second
floor could be used by patients of a slightly higher class who were able to pay
for the medical attention they received.
. Kingston General Hospital
Caroline’s comment on what Lieutenant Mills is wearing is not, perhaps, as out of place as it might seem. In the nineteenth century, only officers in the British army were allowed to keep their civilian clothes. Ordinary soldiers’ clothes were taken and burned, so the only coat they owned was their uniform coat; being bright red, this made it very difficult for men to desert.
: A Social and Institutional History. Kingston General Hospital : McGill-Queen’s
University Press, 1973. Montreal
For information about nineteenth century Kingston, including a basic chronology and details about Murney Tower, check out the Kingston Historical Society at www.kingstonhistoricalsociety.ca. I should note here that
contains a museum of nineteenth-century military artefacts that is open during
the summer months (more information on the website above). Murney Tower
Fort Henry and are still standing,
and are open to the public from May until October. You can visit their respective websites at Fort
Enjoy “A Proper Crutch,” and check back soon for chapter four!