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When the Irish invaded Canada : the incredible true story of the Civil War veterans who fought for Ireland's freedom

Author: Christopher Klein
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"The outlandish, untold story of the Irish-American revolutionaries who tried to free Ireland by invading Canada. Just over a year after Robert E. Lee relinquished his sword, a band of Union and Confederate veterans dusted off their guns. But these former foes had no intention of reigniting the Civil War. Instead, they were bound by a common goal: to seize the British province of Canada and to hold it hostage until
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Klein, Christopher.
When the Irish Invaded Canada.
New York : Doubleday, 2019
(DLC) 2018042393
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Klein
ISBN: 9780385542609 0385542607
OCLC Number: 1041803701
Description: x, 365 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue --
The young Irelanders --
Bold Fenian men --
The Civil War --
Torn between brothers --
The Eastport fizzle --
Erin's boys --
A lawless and piratical band --
Iron wills and brave hearts --
The Fenians are coming! --
Hail the vanquished hero --
Political blarney --
Erin's Hope --
The call of duty --
Blood in the streets --
One Ridgeway would never be enough --
Secrets and lies --
A burlesque of a war --
Another fight, another flight --
The Fenians behind bars --
Losing their lifeblood --
The invasion that wasn't --
The next best thing --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Christopher Klein.

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"The outlandish, untold story of the Irish-American revolutionaries who tried to free Ireland by invading Canada. Just over a year after Robert E. Lee relinquished his sword, a band of Union and Confederate veterans dusted off their guns. But these former foes had no intention of reigniting the Civil War. Instead, they were bound by a common goal: to seize the British province of Canada and to hold it hostage until the independence of Ireland was secured. By the time that these invasions--known together as the Fenian Raids--began in 1866, Ireland had been Britain's unwilling colony for seven hundred years. Thousands of Civil War veterans considered themselves Irishmen before they were Americans. They were those who fled rather than perish in the wake of the Great Hunger, and now they took their cue from a previous generation of successful American revolutionaries. With the tacit support of the U.S. government, the Fenian Brotherhood established a state in exile, planned prison breaks, weathered infighting, stockpiled weapons, and assassinated enemies. Defiantly, this motley group, including a one-armed war hero, an English spy infiltrating rebel forces, and a radical who staged his own funeral, managed to seize a piece of Canada--if only for three days. When the Irish Invaded Canada is the untold tale of a band of fiercely patriotic Irish-Americans and their chapter in Ireland's centuries-long fight for independence. Inspiring, lively, and often undeniably comic, this is a story of fighting for what's right in the face of impossible odds"--

"The outlandish history of a group of Irish-American revolutionaries who executed a daring set of Civil War-era raids on the British province of Canada to hold the territory hostage in hopes of securing Ireland's independence"--

Just over a year after Robert E. Lee relinquished his sword, a band of Union and Confederate veterans found a common goal: to seize the British province of Canada and to hold it hostage until the independence of Ireland was secured. By the time that these invasions-- known as the Fenian Raids-- began in 1866, Ireland had been Britain's unwilling colony for seven hundred years. Thousands of Civil War veterans were Irishmen who had fled rather than perish in the wake of the Great Hunger. Klein shows that-- with the tacit support of the U.S. government-- the Fenian Brotherhood established a state in exile, planned prison breaks, weathered infighting, stockpiled weapons, and assassinated enemies. -- adapted from jacket

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