Turning Back the Fenians: New Brunswick's Last Colonial Campaign

Turning Back the Fenians: New Brunswick's Last Colonial Campaign

by Robert L. Dallison, Robert Dallison
     
 

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In the early 1860s, Irish immigrants in the United States were eager to help the Fenian brotherhood overthrow the British in Ireland. The American Fenians' mission: to invade British North America and hold it hostage. New Brunswick, with its large Irish population and undefended frontier, was a perfect target. The book tells how, in the spring of 1866, a thousand…  See more details below

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In the early 1860s, Irish immigrants in the United States were eager to help the Fenian brotherhood overthrow the British in Ireland. The American Fenians' mission: to invade British North America and hold it hostage. New Brunswick, with its large Irish population and undefended frontier, was a perfect target. The book tells how, in the spring of 1866, a thousand Fenians massed along the St. Croix River and spread terror among New Brunswickers. When the lieutenant-governor called in British soldiers and a squadron of warships, the Fenians saw that New Brunswick was no longer an easy target, and they turned their efforts against central Canada. The Fenian "attacks" and the demand for home defence fanned the already red-hot political debate, and a year later, in July 1867, New Brunswick joined Confederation. Turning Back the Fenians is volume eight in the New Brunswick Military Heritage Series.

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"Robert L. Dallison's Turning Back the Fenians: New Brunswick's Last Colonial Campaign makes a significant contribution to this part of our history by shedding light on the motivations, maneuvers, and organization of New Brunswick's militias in their fight against Fenian invasion. . . . provides valuable insight into the events surrounding the Fenian crisis in New Brunswick and elucidates the experiences of the local militiamen charged with defending their homeland. Rather than simply using this work to give a general overview of the military tactics involved in the crisis, Dallison is able to breathe new life into this oft-neglected aspect of pre-Confederation history." — canadianmilitaryhistory.ca

"A recommended read." — Daily Gleaner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780864926050
Publisher:
Goose Lane Editions
Publication date:
09/30/2011
Series:
New Brunswick Military Heritage Series , #8
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
132
Sales rank:
1,288,989
File size:
4 MB

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Meet the Author

Robert L. Dallison served for 35 years with the Canadian Army, retiring as a lieutenant-colonel. Prior to joining the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry he completed a B.A. (History and International Studies) at the University of British Columbia. He has travelled the world, serving with the United Nations in Cyprus, and as staff intelligence officer in Germany. A graduate of Royal Roads Military College and Royal Military College, he is a highly respected historian. Upon his retirement, he became the director of the award-winning Kings Landing Historical Settlement, in Prince William, New Brunswick, a position he held from 1992 to 2002. In addition, he has been president of Fredericton Heritage Trust and was the New Brunswick representative on the Board of Governors for Heritage Canada.

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