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New Monument to Canadian Immigrants and Volunteers Who Served in the Civil War on Both Sides

Discussion in 'Immigrants During the Civil War' started by Pat Young, Jul 12, 2018 at 11:34 PM.

  1. Pat Young

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    The Lost Villages Museum in Canada is the site of a new monument to Canadians who fought in the American Civil War. According to Civil War Times Feb 2018:

    An obelisk honoring Canadians who served in the Civil War was dedicated at the Lost Villages Museum near Cornwall, Ontario, on September 16, 2017. The reenactor group Grays and Blues of Montreal raised funds to commemorate the roughly 40,000 Canadians who served--about 36,000 in the Federal Army and the rest in the Confederate Army. "It's a part of Canadian history that very few know about....it is almost like a black hole in our story," explains Grays and Blues President Rob McLachlan. Roughly 7,000 Canadian-born soldiers were killed or died of their wounds in the Civil War. The group timed the event to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Canadian nationhood in 1867. [paragraph] At the time of the Civil War, Canada was still a collection of British colonies, and fear of an American invasion shaped the decision to unite and form the Dominion of Canada. [paragraph] Two granite slabs flank the obelisk. One lists prominent participants in the war; the other lists major donors. Distinguished Canadian-born soldiers include five men who were made U.S. generals and 29 Medal of Honor recipients. Among the soldiers who served were New Brunswick-born Sarah Edmonds, who served in the Union Army disguised as a man; Anderson Abbott, a black surgeon from Toronto; and Quebec native Edward Doherty, who participated in the First Battle of Manassas, and later led the hunt for John Wilkes Booth.

     

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    Canada was at the time a British colony so technically these would be British citizens fighting under the Union and Confederate armies since it was only a few years prior to the country actually being formed. Canada could have also got itself almost involved in an Anglo-American War (the third of its kind next to the War of 1812 and the American War of Independence) between America and Britain during the Trent Affair which means all those 40,000 Canadian troops in the Union and Confederate armies would be serving in the British Army instead it happens in the awesome Wrapped in Flames: The Great American War and Beyond by CanadianCanuck (a CWTer from Canada) and Trent war by Saphroneth.
     
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    Thanks for responding.
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    My Great-Great-Grandfather was Mitchell LaButte. He was from Chatham , Ontario and crossed the border to join the 39th New York in early 1865 . I'm guessing the bounty had something to do with it .
     

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