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Penguin Group - Allen Lane Books launch of
Peter Vronsky's Ridgeway: The American Fenian Invasion and the 1866  Battle That Made Canada
in the Queen's Own Rifles Regiment Officers' Mess, Moss Park Armoury, Toronto, Ontario.
Event hosted by Ben McNally Books and the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Association.

Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Officers' Mess in Moss Park Armoury hosted the reception for the launch of
Penguin Group - Allen Lane Books Ridgeway: The American Fenian Invasion and the 1866 Battle That Made Canada by Peter Vronsky
a new volume in Penguin Books' History of Canada series edited by Robert Bothwell and Margaret MacMillan. 

 

Author Peter Vronsky (center) and Bob Dunk, President QOR of Canada Association
Standing guard is an infantryman in traditional scarlet uniform from the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (formerly 13th Battalion)
and a rifleman in traditional green uniform of the Queen's Own Rifles Regiment.

 

 

(left) President of Penguin Group Canada Mike Bryan with wife Heather Adams  
(right) Robert Bothwell & Margaret McMillan co-editors of Penguin's History of Canada Series

Guests wined and dined and gathered on the armoury balcony to watch,
the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry demonstrate historical close order rifle drill on the parade square below.

Book signing by Peter Vronsky was held in the Queen's Own Rifles Sergeants' Mess which
houses hundreds of rarely seen military artifacts from the regiment's 150 year history.

Book website:  www.ridgewaybattle.ca

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RIDGEWAY: THE AMERICAN FENIAN INVASION
AND THE 1866 BATTLE THAT MADE CANADA

Peter Vronsky

On June 2, 1866 Canada was invaded by Irish-American Fenian insurgents from their bases in the United States.  The invasion culminated with the Battle of Ridgeway near Fort Erie, Ontario,  Canada's first modern battle and the first fought exclusively by Canadian soldiers and led entirely by Canadian officers.

Nine militia volunteers from Toronto's Queen's Own Rifles were killed in the battle, including three student soldiers from a University of Toronto rifle company called out while writing their final exams and which took the brunt of a Fenian charge at Limestone Ridge.  While Canadians had not fought a major war in Canada since the War of 1812, the Fenians were all battle-hardened veterans of the Civil War which had just concluded the year before.

The "Ridgeway Nine" were Canada's first soldiers killed in action and Ridgeway was the last battle fought in Ontario against a foreign invader, but after the disastrous battle the Macdonald government covered-up what happened at Ridgeway so thoroughly that most Canadians today have never heard of this battle.

Ridgeway:  The American Fenian Invasion and the 1866 Battle That Made Canada is the first book length study of the battle published in 100 years and is now available wherever books are sold.