Commissariat Storage building

Supplying the British forces was the responsibility of several organizations. War supplies such as guns and carriages were provided by the Ordnance Department. Hospital and medical supplies were handled by the Medical Department. Camp and field equipment was the responsibility of the Quarter Master General’s Department. Uniforms and other personal items were handled by the different regiments of artillery, cavalry and infantry. It was the Commissariat Department’s role to store, move, issue and account for all the different material from all the departments. Supplies of food might be obtained locally by Commissariat agents, but much of the material used by the soldiers had to travel along the St. Lawrence-Great Lakes corridor to posts such as Burlington Heights. Storehouses on the Heights were probably constructed of logs and then clapboarded and whitewashed. The placement of the buildings down at the western end of the Heights indicates that protection of food, clothing and equipment was extremely important. At times the influx of large numbers of men women and children (soldiers, Native warriors, their wives and families as well as refugees) meant a short fall in food and shelter. This led to some troops and Native warriors, usually a small minority, looting local farms around the Head of the Lake in order to make up the shortfall. According to a tally of Board of Claims documents for the Head of the Lake, at least 50% of the war loss claims submitted indicated that British soldiers or British allied Native warriors were responsible for damages.