. . . on the subject of fortifying the lake coast, which according to the Advertiser, sets forth that there is not, at the present time, upon the five hundred miles of frontier coast line, a single defense, nor any way of communication with the Upper Peninsular of Michigan except through the St. Mary’s Falls canal and the river. The Canadian Government have built a military road from Toronto to St. Mary, which gives them the advantage of communication with Lake Superior by two routes, and in the event of war with England Lake Superior would easily fall into the enemy’s hands.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, February 8, 1862, p. 2