When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story
    When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story these invasions known together as the Fenian Raids began in , 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 US 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."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 365 pages
  • When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland's Freedom
  • Christopher Klein
  • English
  • 10 May 2017
  • 0385542607

When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland's Freedom❰PDF❯ ✅ When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland's Freedom Author Christopher Klein – Essayreview.co.uk The outlandish, untold story of the Irish American revolutionaries who tried to free Ireland by invading CanadaJust over a year after Robert E Lee relinquished his sword, a band of Union and Confedera The outlandish, untold story of the Irish American Irish Invaded eBook ✓ revolutionaries who tried to free Ireland by invading CanadaJust over a year after Robert E Lee relinquished his When the ePUB Ì 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 the Irish Invaded PDF ☆ bound by a common goal to seize the British province of Canada and to hold it hostage until the independence of Ireland was securedBy the time that these invasions known together as the Fenian Raids began in , 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 US 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.


About the Author: Christopher Klein

WHEN THE IRISH INVADED CANADA now availableI m Irish Invaded eBook ✓ a total history geek Favorite historical figure Teddy Roosevelt Favorite historical event the Defenestration of Prague Go ahead, When the ePUB Ì Google it I love writing about history because it allows me to indulge my passion, travel back in time, and constantly learnabout humanity s incredible backstory History the Irish Invaded PDF ☆ helps to explain our present day world and acts as our roadmap to the future After all, how can we know where we are going without knowing where we ve been Not to mention, writing about dead people means never having to worry about your subjects returning your phone calls I love to sweep away the cobwebs of history and introduce modern day audiences to incredible figures who have begun to fade from our collective memory My latest book is When the Irish Invaded Canada, the outlandish, untold story of the Irish American revolutionaries who tried to free Ireland by invading Canada Taking their cue from a previous generation of successful American revolutionaries, these Great Hunger refugees and Civil War veterans attacked Canada five times between and in what are known as the Fenian Raids With the tacit support of the US government, these Irish Americans 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 daysIn addition to When the Irish Invaded Canada, I am also 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 I m a frequent contributor to History, the web site of the History Channel, and often write about subjects from the past for the travel and Ideas section of the Boston Globe I have also written for the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Harvard Magazine, Red Sox Magazine, ESPN, Smithsonian, and AmericanHeritageI am a member of the Authors Guild, Biographers International Organization, Boston Authors Club, and American Society of Authors Journalists ASJA.


10 thoughts on “When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland's Freedom

  1. says:

    The Fenian raids of the Fenian Brotherhood which fought to bring pressure on UK to withdraw from Ireland was the central focus of this new work by Christopher Klein and it was both powerful and captivating.I enjoy reading historical works especially memoirs and biographies so when this came up I knew it would be a great fit especially with St Patrick s Day coming soon.Boy was it riveting to learn all that occurred during this time frame between 1866 and 1871 a time when many were starving in The Fenian raids of the Fenian Brotherhood which fought to bring pressure on UK to withdraw from Ireland was the central focus of this new work by Christopher Klein and it was both powerful and captivating.I enjoy reading historical works especially memoirs and biographies so when this came up I knew it would be a great fit especially with St Patrick s Day coming soon.Boy was it riveting to learn all that occurred during this time frame between 1866 and 1871 a time when many were starving in the Great Hunger potato famine while joining the army in hopes of getting England to negotiate in turning Ireland into a republic Irish Immigrants flocked to Canada in droves but were not successful largely in part to being overly optimistic yet poorly organized.Meanwhile, President Johnson of the United States decided best to take apassive interest as it wasn t until Grant came on scene that the US becameactively engaged Perhaps because Americans remembered the past and how England supported the South during the Civil War but also because Americans remembered the British traveled through Canada and burned Washington DC nearly to the ground.Rather than cause a separation and break away between Canada and England the end result was they became closer resulting in new heroes of the Irish Independence Movement and the fight to restore their heritage as their courage and bravery rage on.Freedom from British rule was just part of the story with many active leaders pressing the issue including John Riley and the St Patrick Brigade which was mentioned in heavy detail.The research was enormous and well written and actively engaging.Thank you to the Author and Publisher for this ARC in exchange for this honest review A pleasant and enjoyable surprise

  2. says:

    Irish Americans one year after the Civil War invaded Canada and tried to hold it hostage until Britain freed Ireland A bit of a crazy story that s true.

  3. says:

    This is really well researched and well done I had no idea about this It did feel like there was of the Irish constantly stepping on rakes over and over The worst part is, in many of the cases, they put the rakes there in the first place.

  4. says:

    The Irish invaded Canada I was captured, in a sense, by the title and, at the end of the experience, happy I read Christopher Klein s latest book, When The Irish Invaded Canada The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland s Freedom Klein lives in Andover, Massachusetts, and has authored four books previous to this publication He has written for the New York Times, Boston Globe, as well as, Smithsonian.com and History.com This is a story I was not aware had eve The Irish invaded Canada I was captured, in a sense, by the title and, at the end of the experience, happy I read Christopher Klein s latest book, When The Irish Invaded Canada The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland s Freedom Klein lives in Andover, Massachusetts, and has authored four books previous to this publication He has written for the New York Times, Boston Globe, as well as, Smithsonian.com and History.com This is a story I was not aware had even occurred And to find that it not only took place shortly after the end of the Civil War, but that elements of the invasion , subsequently referred to as the Fenian Raids transpired in Maine and Canada, specifically Eastport and Campobello, surprised me evenProviding an excellent backstory supported by historical data on the epic struggle between the Irish and English Great Britain , Klein, no doubt, has done his homework, as he expeditiously brings the reader to the crux of the story Beginning just 13 months after the end of the Civil War, soldiers from both North and South having laid down their arms begin the arduous challenge of trying to put the Union back together But, for Irish Americans, there is a new cause to finally secure the independence of Ireland from British rule.To do this, the leadership of the Fenian Brotherhood, a precursor to future Irish organizations seeking independence, sees an opportunity to once again strike a blow against Great Britain by seizing Canadian territory and simultaneously sparking an uprising on their native soil of Ireland The term Fenian is derived from the Fenian Cycle in Irish Literature, which centers on the deeds of the legendary Finn MacCumhaill and his volunteer corps of warriors known as Fianna Eireann A person of the Fenian Brotherhood was a member of an Irish nationalist society active in the United States and Ireland Fenian leadership in the US fell to John O Mahony, and in Ireland to James Stephens.In the book s prologue, Klein introduces 32 year old Colonel John O Neill as he stands with his men on the banks of the Niagara River in May of 1866 After a six mile march through Buffalo, O Neill and his men, dressed in tattered uniforms with green ribbons tied to their hats and buttonholes, make ready to cross and strike the first blow against the British in a fight for Irish independence It is O Neill who Klein uses to effectively sum up the pent up feelings and attitudes, of over 700 years of English rule over the Irish The once Civil War officer who took a Confederate bullet in defense of the Union, O Neill was now fulfilling a childhood dream The governing passion of my life apart from my duty to God is to be at the head of an Irish Army battling against England for Ireland s rights For this I live, and for this if necessary I am willing to die What O Neill s passionate cry embodies, and what Klein so adeptly communicates throughout the pages of this book, is the essence of a grand story to capture the British colony on America s northern border, hold it hostage, and ransom it for Ireland s independence Touching on topics of immigration, famine Great Hunger , political, economic and racial injustices, Klein s work exposes a myriad of degradations which serve to only fuel Irish contempt for Great Britain, and ignite numerous attempts to establish their own country under their own rule To do this, leaders of the Irish resistance decide to promote their cause, strike from both Ireland and the U.S and as recruitment begins, plans are developed to establish Ireland as a free and independent country Irish Americans begin an arduous journey back across the Atlantic to add to the already growing numbers of men in Ireland Likewise, here in the US, men in the Irish neighborhoods of cities across the Northeast join the ranks of the brotherhood, and make ready for whatever is to come.John O Mahony, a Gaelic scholar born in County Cork, Ireland, emigrates from Ireland to the US in 1853 to form the Fenian Brotherhood operating in New York City James Stephens, born in Kilkenny, Ireland, who was political out of the gate, forms the Irish Republican Brotherhood These two men then organize and recruit members for a two prong assault in the US and Ireland against Great Britain Soon after, a splinter faction forms when O Mahony becomes complacent William Roberts heads that group, and begins siphoning members and money with plans to invade Canada But, seeing his leadership threatened, O Mahony reluctantly approves a new strategy proposed by Bernard Doran Killian, to seize Campobello Island and use it as a base of operations for a much larger invasion.The base of operations for this invasion is Eastport Klein devotes an entire chapter on this mission, giving a good glimpse into the inner workings of the developing resistance and to the mood of Eastport residents The occupation in preparation to take and hold Campobello was one of five raids to be made from the US into Canada between 1866 and 1871 The series of incursions involved New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec twice and Manitoba Klein s detail on the events, major players, the historical underpinnings from both the US and British governments provides a wealth of information, allowing this period in history to surface as if reading a novel The book s flow and descriptive narrative with its unvarnished views of an Irish American trail by land and sea from a decimated homeland to the grimy streets of New York City is quite good This story has it all Civil War veterans and a one armed war hero, spy games, counter intelligence, a radical s faked funeral, tongue in cheek US support, stockpiling of weapons, planned assassinations culminating in what is today regarded as a sometimes comical insurrection of one against another Yet the deeper message Klein leaves with the reader, is that this is an important piece of history, and that the struggle of some fiercely patriotic Irish Americans was just one chapter of a much longer story about independence and a fight against impossible odds

  5. says:

    Seems to be well researched, but it was a slog to get through for me.

  6. says:

    I won this book on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review I feel like a poor amateur historian as I has no idea that Irish soldiers attempted to invade Canada in order to help gain Irish independence This was a very informative book with lots of detail Well written and easy to read follow.

  7. says:

    This is a Goodreads win review History is my favorite thing to read about This book is about an event in history that was not well known and I have never heard about it After the Civil War was over soldiers from both sides decided to go to Canada and get them away from the British control and force England to make Ireland a Republic These became known as the Fenian raids These Irish fighters were still upset over the Potato famine that caused them to leave Ireland in the first place The pl This is a Goodreads win review History is my favorite thing to read about This book is about an event in history that was not well known and I have never heard about it After the Civil War was over soldiers from both sides decided to go to Canada and get them away from the British control and force England to make Ireland a Republic These became known as the Fenian raids These Irish fighters were still upset over the Potato famine that caused them to leave Ireland in the first place The plan did not work out due top many factors but the story is excellent My grandpa came from Ireland to Canada where he played hockey before leaving for California

  8. says:

    Rarely covered topic and glad I read it

  9. says:

    Wait, what Why Well, why not If you were Irish or an Irish American immigrant, you d have a bone to pick with the British oppressors And if you can t hit em at home, might as well hit em next door This meticulously researched study of a little known chunk of American history there were actually multiple invasions, each one increasinglyridiculous is both fascinating and hilarious in its unfortunate futility.Not that it seemed futile at the time Shortly after the Civil War an ugly Wait, what Why Well, why not If you were Irish or an Irish American immigrant, you d have a bone to pick with the British oppressors And if you can t hit em at home, might as well hit em next door This meticulously researched study of a little known chunk of American history there were actually multiple invasions, each one increasinglyridiculous is both fascinating and hilarious in its unfortunate futility.Not that it seemed futile at the time Shortly after the Civil War an ugly streak of anti Catholic sentiment reared its ugly head, thanks to the rising number of Irish immigrants Not that they WANTED to flee their homeland starving, mind you But America wasn t much better for the Irish, at first, until they got their act together and started organizing politically, with the help of exiles from the motherland eager to stir up shit in the new world.Invading Canada seemed like a good idea simply because it was RIGHT THERE What better way to send a statement to the Crown than to invade its territory next door Aconservative wing of the Fenian Brotherhood urged prudence, and the road to invading Canada was both long and twisted Klein does a great job elucidating the political machinations both within and without the Brotherhood that led to the first invasion of Canada.Notice that I said first In increasinglyridiculous attempts, the Irish Americans and their Irish supporters repeatedly tried to invade Canada Officially the American government had to disapprove, citing neutrality laws Realistically, however, they would ve jumped at the chance to take Canada for themselves, so they decided to see how it played out Though each attempt started with high hopes, something British spies, lack of arms and food, or smaller than expected numbers shot the Irish in the foot every time, sometimes with unintentionally comic results.By the fifth or sixth time someone tries to invade Canada, you will find yourself laughing and saying, Really, guys Honestly, they shot themselves in the foot right in the first attempt a number of Black Civil War veterans approached the Fenians and asked to join in the fight The Irish Said no Because racism Sigh.This book is a mixture of military tactics and political intrigue, all told in a spirited style that keeps the plot perking along even when the infighting gets ridiculous You know how it ends obviously Canada is not now an Irish province but getting there is the fun part, even if you don t normally like military history Recommended for libraries where micro histories and or political non fiction is popular

  10. says:

    I won this book through Goodreads Giveaways my first win and my wee little Irish American heart was so pleased to get the opportunity to read about the Irish right around St Patrick s Day I had never heard of the Irish invasions of Canada, so the title alone intrigued me I m also not much of a history buff, but because of my Irish heritage, I was excited to learnI ll start with the negatives and why I didn t give this 5 stars Like I said, history is not my favorite, especially war I won this book through Goodreads Giveaways my first win and my wee little Irish American heart was so pleased to get the opportunity to read about the Irish right around St Patrick s Day I had never heard of the Irish invasions of Canada, so the title alone intrigued me I m also not much of a history buff, but because of my Irish heritage, I was excited to learnI ll start with the negatives and why I didn t give this 5 stars Like I said, history is not my favorite, especially war history and battle stories So, the book moved a little slow for me while detailing all of the different splits between the groups, but at least the battle scenes went pretty fast Although, that was probably due to the constant failing of the Fenians to successfully invade Canada and use it as leverage to free Ireland It was a bit disappointing that the Fenians did not seem to make much progress, although the author credits them with inspiring the next generation of Irish republicans to finally free Ireland from British rule.My favorite part about this book was the way the author describes each person s background, because it gives insight into why they were so passionate about freeing Ireland Of course I had heard of the potato famine and knew that millions of Irish died or left the country, but reading about the millions of people who fled to America gave me a new perspective It also gave me a new fun fact to pull out on St Patrick s Day before the Great Hunger, the average Irish working class man ate FOURTEEN POUNDS OF POTATOES A DAY And the average working class woman ate eleven pounds per day It made a lotsense why the famine destroyed Ireland, and why so many blamed the British Several times during this book, I imagined the figures as characters in a movie, sometimes comedically failing to assert themselves as heroes of Ireland, other times as inspirational figures who overcame hardship and fought for what they believed in I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys learning about history, or anyone who wants to connect to their Irish heritage Or anyone who likes potatoes

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