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Saturday, 9 March 2013

The Fenian Raids 1866-71

British North America became the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867, due to an armed invasion by Irish nationalists who believed that they could capture Canada, hold it for ransom and trade it for Irelands freedom from the British Empire.
For these actions, I have used these figures:
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The first major action was the Battle of Ridgeway in 1866. It was fought in Upper Canada (modern Ontario)
The Fenians had formed up in upper state New York, then crossed the Niagra river. The local military force in Upper Canada at that time was made up of Canadian militia.

Canadian Forces:
Queens Own Rifles, 2nd Battn,
13th Volunteer Battalion
(image courtsey of The Canadian War Museum)
Irish Fenian Raider. Image from Doyle Clan site, and DND. (
An average uniform of a Canadian militiaman during the Fenian Raids.(Image courtsey

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