Canada unveils its first US Civil War monument

Canada has unveiled its first monument to the US Civil War, honouring the 40,000 Canadians who fought during America’s bloodiest conflict.

The monument in Cornwall, Ontario, was championed by a Civil War re-enactment group who raised almost almost C$44,000 ($36,000, £27,000) to build it.

About 7,000 Canadians died in the war, which claimed almost 620,000 US lives.

Although Canada was part of Britain until 1867 and officially neutral, Canadians fought on both sides.

The pressures of the 1861-65 Civil War, and the threat of an American invasion, helped urge Canada to its own confederation and independence.

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  • BillyHW

    Fought on both sides, eh? Time to tear her down!

    • Damn right

    • Petrilia

      How stupid and petty people have become. All monuments should be saved to show us our history. Unless we are like the Taliban who destroyed all statues which horrified the world. And we continue to be horrified as we are overtaken by people who hate us and our own PC governments who allow it.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    Hey, pretty soon, you might get to erected another monument for the next one!

    • BillyHW

      We shall drive California into the sea! Glory, hallelujah!

      • Drunk by Noon ✓

        I live there (here for me), but I’m more or less okay with that sentiment.

  • christopher bridger

    Here’s a shocker for the social justice warriors. Although the govt, as directed by England, was anti-slavery, the people tended to favor the South. They were sick of threats from northern states about annexing Canadian territory and figured the South would keep them busy.
    Meanwhile, on the East coast, there were many towns where wealthy planters build elaborate homes where they spent the summer to escape the heat. And Halifax was a center for blockade runners to load supplies for the South.
    Supposedly one Union officer, up North to buy supplies, visited a tavern in York/Toronto. First the folks started whistling Dixie…..then they threw him in the street.
    All this comes from one book I read, so who knows if it’s all true. Interesting, though.

    • Petrilia

      Do tell more. No one is taking this as truth.

    • Petrilia

      I think we need more than that one book you read. So not much of a shocker, eh?

  • Petrilia

    Don’t mess with history or it will come back to bite you on the ass. Again. Do not touch that monument, paid for by ordinary people, who I suspect will be right riled if it is touched.