“The Toronto Volunteers”


"In the year of Eighty-five Sure the tidings did arrive.... From the snowy plains afar Where those roving Indians are...." "Oh those volunteers did go And face the storms and snow... And when the drums did beat How the rebels did retreat"


For the history of Louis Riel and the Metis Uprising, see "Riel's Song." Edith Fowke's informant claims to have had this piece from soldiers who had actually campaigned in Saskatchewan. - RBW

Historical references

  • May 12, 1885 - Battle of Batoche. Defeat of the Metis under Louis Riel

Cross references


  1. Fowke/Mills/Blume, pp. 130-131, "The Toronto Volunteers" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #4515
  3. BI, FMB130


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1957
Keywords: battle Canada soldier
Found in: Canada(Ont)