KINCHEN, Oscar A. Confederate Operations in Canada and the North: A Little-Known Phase of the American Civil War. North Quincy, MA: The Christopher Publishing House, . 1st ed. 254pp. Orig. cloth, non- priceclipped d/j. Fine. Signed by the author on front free endpaper. Dornbusch IV, 9851, 11701. Bookseller Inventory #
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Book Description North Quincy MA. 1970. The Christopher Publishing House, 1970. grey faux leather "leatherette" cloth hardbound 8vo. 8º (octavo). dustwrapper in protective plastic book jacket cover. fine cond. binding square & tight. covers clean. edges clean. contents free of markings. dustwrapper in fine cond. 1cm tear top of front panel, not price clipped. nice clean copy. no library markings or store stamps, no stickers or bookplates, no names, no inking , no underlining, no remainder markings etc ~. first edition. first printing (NAP). 254p. appendix. bibliography. index. american history. american civil war. covert operations. espionage. secret societies. conspiracy theory. canadian history. jacob thompson. ~After their initial success, the Confederate leaders in Richmond realized that more diversity and flanking tactics would be needed to defeat the North. They had been receiving reports of disaffection among the farmers and stockmen in the Old Northwest; also, the rise of secret societies in that section, which were opposed to continuance of the war, added fuel to the Confederate desire to ignite a giant conflagration that would literally consume the North from within its own borders. Therefore, determined to assist the anti~war parties behind the Union lines and assail their Yankee adversaries from the rear, the Confederacy financed an important mission into Canada. By utilizing their financial resources and the considerable anti~war feeling in the area, they planned to promote an insurrection in the Old Northwest, liberate the Confederate prisoners in northern prison camps and, thereby, force an end to the war through a negotiated peace with the South. To draw off Federal troops from the battle lines in the South, border raids were sponsored by the Confederate commissioners in Canada. There was an abortive raid on a Union prison camp in Lake Erie and a daring attack on the town of St. Albans in Vermont, which soon had the entire countryside alerted to the possibility of attacks from the large Confederate force that had secreted into Canada. The border states, from Maine to Michigan, hurriedly gathered local militia to resist these attacks. To add to northern fears, late in 1864 there was a spectacular attempt to burn New York City with the mysterious concoction called Greek Fire. Meanwhile, efforts were made to bring about a great financial panic in the North by buying up gold and shipping it off to the European markets. Also, the commissioners in Canada attempted to bring about armed intervention by Britain and France to save the waning Confederacy from extinction by the burgeoning military and industrial power of the North. Perhaps the most notable outcome of this Confederate backdoor adventure was a grave crisis in Canadian~American relations, which was to embolden the Irish Fenian Brotherhood to attempt the conquest of Canada and her neighboring provinces at the end of the war within the States. This book tells it all~direct from Confederate records and private correspondence. Every lover of Civil War history will want to read this exciting narrative history of Confederate operations in the North. This important phase of the bitter conflict is often neglected in history books about the period, and research authors and students more often than not have been unaware of the publication possibilities in this field. However, Dr. Kinchen is a recognized authority on the subject and his carefully researched and documented study is already being widely acclaimed.~ For the majority of Americans today, the Civil War means Appomattox, Gettysburg, Grant, Lee and a host of other well~known names and events. It is actually amazing how few people are aware of some of the most thrilling and daring episodes of the war. The Confederate plans to undermine the Union by initiating raids into several northern communities and plotting to liberate the soldiers from northern prison camps were boldly conceived. If they had been even partially successful, they might have helped to force a negotiated peace. Although ve. Bookseller Inventory # 10241603
Book Description Christopher Pub. House, 1970. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0815802358