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Irish-Americans Maul Canadian Militia

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In June 1866, several hundred Fenians led by General John O'Neill crossed the Niagara river into Canada. They fought a force of Canadian Volunteer Militia at Ridgeway. The inexperienced Canadians were beaten badly, but the invaders retreated back to the United States.

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Battle of Ridgeway, 2 June 1866

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The Fenian troops, initially successful in their first engagement against the somewhat confused Canadian volunteer militiamen, had to retreat back to the United States as more Canadian and British troops converged on the Niagara peninsula. Fenian raids across the Quebec border were repulsed a few days later. (Library and Archives Canada, C-018737)

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