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The Halifax Citadel Halifax on 12c a day

TitleThe Halifax Citadel Halifax on 12c a day
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsGrant, Vicki, and Graham Pilsworth
Series TitleThe dreadful truth
PublisherFormac Pub
ISBN Number088780599X (pbk.)
DescriptorsChapter Book; English Language; Halifax; History; Illustrated; Non-fiction; Nova Scotia

This humorous history chapter book by Nova Scotia writer Vicki Grant presents the history of the Halifax Citadel, is divided into short, easy to read sections, and includes an abundance of detail about the more repulsive aspects of day to day life in the fort. Ontario born Graham Pilsworth, the illustrator of this non fiction book, makes his home in Nova Scotia.


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The Halifax Citadel is a non-fiction book well suited for elementary and middle school aged readers. The narrative voice is third person omniscient. Part of The Dreadful Truth series, The Halifax Citadel tells the amusing, less-publicized side of the Citadel’s history, with anecdotes and factoids about the lives of the soldiers who served at the Citadel during its time as an operational fort. The book focuses on the late 1700s to early 1900s. Grant’s text is accompanied by cartoon-style pen and ink illustrations by Graham Pilsworth, a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design.


A soldier’s favorite drink
In the late 1700s, the Reverend James MacGregor noted that “the business of one half of the town of Halifax was to sell rum and the other half to drink it.” Seventy years later, little had changed. “The City is nothing less than a great big Rum shop. Rum on the right and rum on the left: rum before you, rum behind you, and rum all around you!” And guess who some of the tavernkeepers’ best customers were?
The soldiers posted at the Citadel.