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Mother with children, man and woman standing on platform, waiting for train at Duck Lake station.
Located ~90km north of Saskatoon and ~45km south of Prince Albert. Its main claim to fame is that it was the scene of the first battle of the North West Rebellion.
Mailed to France. Text on back greeting from mother and children to a teacher in France.
Postmarked Duck Lake December (?) on 2 cent King Edward VII stamp, receiving postmark ‘St Etienne de St Goirs --DEC—'
Small piece missing LL corner. Crease UL and right side.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)
The Battle of Duck Lake (26 March 1885) was an infantry skirmish 2.5 kilometres outside Duck Lake, Saskatchewan, between North-West Mounted Police forces of the Government of Canada, and the Métis militia of Louis Riel's newly established Provisional Government of Saskatchewan. The skirmish lasted approximately 30 minutes, after which Superintendent Leif Newry Fitzroy Crozier of the NWMP, his forces having endured fierce fire with twelve killed and eleven wounded, called for a general retreat. The battle is considered the initial engagement of the North-West Rebellion. Although Louis Riel proved to be victorious at Duck Lake, the general agreement among historians is that the battle was strategically a disappointment to his cause.