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oh … canada

150 years ago today three British colonies up north joined together to make one Dominion of Canada – one British colony with four separate provinces (the colony of Canada was cleft in two). Most citizens were reportedly able to contain … Continue reading

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“Irish flag was planted on British soil”

150 years ago today an army of Fenians, Irish-Americans who wanted Great Britain to let Ireland become an independent republic, attacked Canadian forces at the Battle of Ridgeway. “The Fenian insurgents [were] led by Brigadier General John O’Neill, a former … Continue reading

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men versus munitions model?

I’ve heard about the Guns versus butter economic model. As the number of men in Confederate armies diminished, it appears that the government tried to get more soldiers in the field while still producing enough ordnance to keep shooting at … Continue reading

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Rebels of Lake Erie

I am baffled by the title of this piece, but, according to Civil War Home, the activities described were part of the Confederate government’s 1864 attempt to foment a Northwest Conspiracy, a “secret operation to create hostile activities in the … Continue reading

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Shanghaied at the Falls?

A Canadian newspaper is concerned about reports that 1) a Union officer crossed into Canada to try to force a deserter back to the U.S. and that 2) a couple Canadian/British soldiers went to the U.S. side of the river, … Continue reading

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Taunted in Toronto

Apparently some Union soldiers are on leave in Canada – and getting razzed by a few Torontans. From The New-York Times December 15, 1861: HOW AMERICANS ARE TREATED IN TORONTO. The following characteristic article appears in the Toronto Leader: “An … Continue reading

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Canadian Kibosh

From The New-York Times October 9, 1861: THE REBELLION. … From the Toronto papers we receive particulars of the arrest of Col. RANKIN, member or the Provincial Parliament, for enlisting recruits for the American Army. The offence urged against Col. … Continue reading

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