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By Adam Mayers

Dixie & the Dominion is a compelling examine how the U.S. Civil struggle was once a shared adventure that formed the futures of either Canada and the us. The publication makes a speciality of the final yr of the battle, among April of 1864 and 1865. in the course of that 12-month interval, the accomplice States despatched spies and saboteurs to Canada on a mystery venture. those brokers struck worry alongside the frontier and threatened to attract Canada and nice Britain into the war.

During that very same time, Canadians have been making their very own very important judgements. leader between them was once the partnership among Liberal reformer George Brown and Conservative chieftain John A. Macdonald. Their not likely coalition was once the strength that might create the kingdom of Canada in 1867, and it was once the strain of the conflict - with its chance to the colonies’ protection - that was once a motive force in the back of this striking pact.

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After spending some months touring the southern states and wearing out his welcome there, Vallandigham ran the blockade to Halifax. As Vallandigham travelled west, some Canadians praised him for his support of peace and his courage in standing up to Lincoln’s policy of war. In Quebec, British financier Edward Watkins presided over a private dinner at the exclusive Stadacona Club. 24 Yet the Governor General and leading Canadian politicians held their noses as Vallandigham moved through the provinces.

He devoured books on law, religion, and philosophy and devoted an hour a day to the Bible. These traits appealed to Thompson, because of his love of books and his personal religious beliefs. ”25 Vallandigham told Thompson that a feeling of fatigue and rising anger had been building in the North following the staggering casualties at Gettysburg and Lincoln’s call just a few weeks after that battle for a draft of 500,000 more men. The New York draft riots showed just how angry Northerners were, and with just a little push, Vallandigham said, an uprising in the Midwest would create a second Confederacy and end the war.

With the fall of Atlanta it became clear that what the South needed more than ever was relief on the battlefield and men to fill her thinning ranks. In Northern prisons, Thompson might find the means to serve both aims. If he could free the thousands of men there he could build an army and a threat to Northern security that would cause troops to be diverted for their protection. He sent Captain Charles Cole to Sandusky, Ohio, and set into motion a plan that had been rumored for the better part of a year: assaults on the Johnson Island prison.

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