TRIDENT OFFSITE (BPL): When The Irish Invaded Canada

About the Book:

Just over a year after Robert E. Lee relinquished his sword, a band of Union and Confederate veterans dusted off their guns. These former foes, however, had no intention of reigniting the Civil War. Instead, they fought side by side to undertake one of the most fantastical missions in military history: to seize the British province of Canada and hold it hostage until the independence of Ireland was secured. Author Christopher Klein tells the outlandish, little-known story of the self-proclaimed Irish Republican Army that carried out five attacks on Canada—known collectively as the Fenian Raids—between 1866 and 1871. With the tacit support of the U.S. government, this motley group—including a one-armed war hero, an English spy infiltrating rebel forces, and a radical who staged his own funeral—managed to seize a piece of America’s northern neighbor, if only for a matter of days.

CHRISTOPHER KLEIN is the author of four books, including Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America's First Sports Hero. A frequent contributor to, Christopher has also written for The Boston GlobeThe New York TimesNational Geographic TravelerHarvard Magazine,, and He lives in Andover, Massachusetts. More at

*Note: This event will be held offsite, at the Boston Public Library's Central Branch in Copley Square. More Information can be found here.*

Event date: 
Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland's Freedom Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385542609
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Published: Doubleday - March 12th, 2019