Editor’s Introduction: The Canadian military as we know it emerged in the critical decades that immediately preceded and followed Confederation in 1867. While a number of accounts are available of militia officers’ experiences in these decades, so far we have missed the important perspective of rank and file. Recently, however, an interesting example of such a perspective has come to light and has been added to the collection of the Canadian War Museum (CWM). This is in the form of a short but insightful narrative, written by a Private Andrew Greenhill of Hamilton, Ontario’s 13th Battalion, Canadian Militia, describing his experiences while serving at the Militia Camp held at Niagara in June 1871.