Canadians in the American Civil War

A little known fact about our Civil War is how many of our neighbors to the North participated in it.  Some 33,000-55,000 Canadians came south to fight for the Union, and a few hundred Canadians went further south to fight for the Confederacy. Some 29 Canadian soldiers fighting for the Union earned the newly created Medal of Honor.  The Civil War had a major impact on Canadian history.  The confederation of Canada was created in 1867, and the fathers of the confederation, believing that too strong states had helped lead to the American Civil War, ensured the establishment of a strong federal government in Canada.

Canadian participation in US wars was not restricted to the Civil War.  During the Vietnam War, while some 25,000 American draft dodgers fled to Canada, some 30,000 Canadians came south during the War to enlist in the US military.  The names of 110 Canadians are on the Vietnam Wall, and many Canadian veterans of the War settled permanently in the US after it.  I think we got the better of the exchange.

Published in: on December 18, 2011 at 5:30 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. “better of the exchange.” Amen and amen.
    In Christ,
    Dennis McCutcheon
    Viet Nam era veteran.

  2. Thank you for your service Dennis!


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