In his book, When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland’s Freedom, Christopher Klein tells how thousands of Civil War veterans who had fled to the United States rather than perish in the wake of the Great Hunger still considered themselves Irishmen first and Americans second. With the tacit support of the U.S. government, the Fenian Brotherhood carried out a series of five attacks on Canada. This motley group established a state in exile, planned prison breaks, weathered infighting, stockpiled weapons, assassinated enemies, and managed to seize a piece of Canada—if only for three days.
Christopher Klein is a Drew University graduate. He’s the author of Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America’s First Sports Hero, Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores, and The Die Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston.
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