The Raids, blown out of proportion, served as a cause of Canadian Confederation. (Our local regiment, the Lincoln and Welland, did their bit to advance the cause of Confederation, as when they saw a few Fenian officers on horseback, they presumed that they were being attacked by cavalry, and rather than going into the proper response of forming a square, they all just ran away. Ridgeway was lost, Canada got scared, and united as a country as a result! Hooray for the L&W!)
The Fenian Raids. This weekend marked the 140th anniversary of the Battle of Ridgeway. The plan was for members of the Fenian Brotherhood to either hold Canada hostage for the ransom of a Free Ireland, or to create a New Ireland, nobody's quite sure.