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232 MILITARY HISTORY OF CANADA

 

from Detroit and Rochester against Hamilton, Toronto, and points along the Niagara and Detroit rivers; from Ogdensburg and Plattsburg against Montreal and Quebec; from Cape Vincent against Kingston; and from Portland against Halifax and Fredericton. Ample funds were available, recruits were being obtained in every quarter of the United States, Fenian fleets were to be provided on the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Great Lakes, and it was confidently expected that one campaign would suffice to bring all the British provinces under the green flag.

As the Fenian leaders made no secret of their intentions, the Canadian Government thought it prudent to call out a number of volunteer corps to protect the frontier. In November, 1865, these were sent to Prescott, Niagara, Sarnia, Windsor, and Sandwich. At the same time the militia were called out in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The winter of 1865-66 passed without any particular incident, but early in March it became known that the Fenians were planning a raid for St. Patrick's Day. On the 7th of the month the Adjutant-General of the Canadian militia promptly issued a General Order calling out 10,000 men for active service. The following day 14,000 volunteers had assembled at their company or battalion headquarters. The force was kept on duty for several weeks, the men drilling with the utmost enthusiasm, but as no move was made by the enemy most of them were sent back to their homes on March 31st.

Early in April an isolated attempt was made by the Fenians to seize the island of Campobello, in the Bay of Fundy. A vessel was sent from New York loaded with arms and ammunition, and the Maine towns of East-port and Calais were overflowing with Fenians. The filibusters had, however, bragged of their intentions, and the authorities on both sides were ready for them. The New Brunswick militia were posted along the boundary; a battalion of United States troops under General Meade arrived in Eastport with orders to prevent any infraction


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