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Canadian men fought in thel War Between the States

Discussion in 'History Forum' started by Salty, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. Salty

    Salty 20,000 Posts Club

    Apr 8, 2003
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    Many Canadian-born men are believed to have fought in the Civil War. There are no exact figures, but estimates have ranged from 40,000 to 100,000 men, although the late Yale historian, Robin Winks, has shown that there is no basis to these estimates. But it is very certain that several thousand definitely did serve in the war. The largest group were those who had immigrated to the United States sometime before the conflict and had been in the United States for some time. A significant number of Canadians seeking employment and adventure did join the conflict from Canada, mostly enlisting with the Northern side. A number of Canadians were secured for the Northern army through crimping, whereby men were drugged or intoxicated and then spirited across the border.
    The majority of Canadians who served in the war fought with the Northern army; it is unclear how many served with the Confederacy, but the number was most likely small. One notable Canadian volunteer who served the Confederate army was George Ellsworth, who, as telegrapher for Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan during Morgan's Raid, deliberately spread considerable misinformation about Morgan's whereabouts over the telegraph wires, imitating the unique styles of Federal telegraphers.
    At least twenty-nine Canadian-born men were awarded the Medal of Honor.

    I never thought about our friends north of the border being involved in the War between the States

    Hmm, I wonder if any mexicans fought in the war?


  2. Jim1999

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    Aug 10, 2002
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    As a point of interest, the oldest veteran of the Civil War died in Toronto. I can't remember the year. He was Canadian and fought voluntarily with a regiment in Pennsylvania.



    Canada also had a peculiar position with the South in that financial aid was distributed to Southern officials who came to Montreal to receive it. This money was gathered in Canada and England.